Arrests made in Portland church vandalism, burglary, shooting
Portland Police Bureau officers arrested a man who allegedly stole items from two storage units in Northwest Portland and then fled by vehicle before crashing his car and ditching a gun in the snow.
Travis John Hendon, 35, faces two counts each of first-degree burglary and being a felon in possession of a gun, plus one count of first- and second-degree theft, plus hit and run.
According to a probable cause affidavit, the thefts occurred at Central Self Shortage, 1323 N.W. 16th Ave., where Hendon previously had rented a unit but was evicted.
Two units were found with their locks drilled out Wednesday, Feb. 17, with the items stolen including Sonos speakers, a rooftop vehicle tent, paddleboards, two TVs and subwoofers, according to court documents.
The facility manager reviewed surveillance footage showing Hendon gaining access to the complex with a woman who still had a valid access code, the records showed.
Later that day, officers arrived at Hendon's residence on North Houghton Street, where they spotted Hendon driving a white Tahoe SUV shown in the surveillance footage. Hendon sped off but crashed later after hitting a boat parked outside a house on North Hunt Street near Drummond Avenue.
Hendon allegedly fled on foot, but was soon arrested. Police say the items stolen from the storage units, as well as property previously reported as stolen, were found at Hendon's mother's house. The total value of the recovered property is $16,000.
Hendon remains in custody downtown at this time. He has four felonies on his record, including for first-degree attempted rape.
PPB: Church vandal arrested
A man who allegedly damaged a church in Northwest Portland faces charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief and resisting arrest.
Authorities say Christopher Lee Colletta, 44, was smashing windows and "breaking things" inside St. Mary's Cathedral, 1716 N.W. Davis St., around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17. By the time officers arrived, they learned the man was inside the pastor's residence, known as a rectory, holding a box cutter.
"When officers arrived they could hear yelling and see the pastor of the church inside trying to talk to the agitated suspect," according to a news release. "The pastor was unsuccessful and came out to the officers, who had surrounded the building."
Police say they began to search the premises with the help of a K9 officer, but caught Colletta when he attempted to flee the scene and was caught by officers establishing a perimeter.
No court papers have been filed in the case as of yet. Documents show that Colletta, who is homeless and has been arrested around a dozen times since 2019, was charged Feb. 5 with breaking a Dairy Queen drive-thru speaker worth $500.
Colletta remains behind bars at this time.
Man arrested after shots fired in Northeast Portland
Police arrested a man for allegedly opening fire in the Humboldt neighborhood of Northeast Portland in what authorities called a domestic violence incident.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Tyler Wayne Beard called the victim around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, and threaten to show up at their apartment in five minutes and start shooting.
The victim and a friend left their dwelling in the 5800 block of North Michigan Avenue and were about to drive away when Beard allegedly pulled up in his tow truck. He began firing a handgun, hitting the victim's vehicle's rear tire four times, and then fired another three or four times after getting in front of the car.
The victim was forced into Beard's truck, according to a news release. Police tracked the victim and Beard to his apartment. Beard eventually left the flat in the 7300 block of Northeast Killingsworth Street and was arrested around 9 p.m. after attempting to hop a fence.
Beard, 26, a longtime area resident who recently worked as a mechanic, faces charges of second-degree kidnapping, unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm.
He has two felony convictions on his record. A restraining order has been filed in the case. Beard remains in the downtown jail at this time on bail of more than $250,000.
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