Man arrested for paintball shots, threats in downtown Portland park
A 32-year-old man is accused of threatening several Portland Parks & Recreation rangers with an ax and hitting another member of the community with a paintball in downtown Portland
Randy Graves was booked into the Multnomah County jail and faces multiple charges including menacing, unlawful use of a weapon, fourth-degree assault, disorderly conduct, reckless endangering and possession of a weapon in a park.
According to police, around 10 a.m. Saturday, April 3, a man walked into the Portland Police Bureau Central Precinct to report that he had been shot by a suspect with a paintball gun. The man told officers he was riding his bicycle in Chapman Square Park, near the intersection of Southwest Third Avenue and Main Street, when the suspect fired a paintball at him, hitting him once.
The suspect then fired several more paintball rounds toward the man as he fled. The man suffered minor injuries, police said.
Officers later found and arrested the suspect and seized a paintball gun, ax and stun gun from him.
Park rangers at the scene told officers they had approached a group around 9 a.m. to inform them that the park was going to be closed for restoration work. Graves then threatened to kill them, although they did not report being threatened with a weapon. Graves kept following them as they tried to disengage, police said.
About 45 minutes later, another team of park rangers responded to a fire burning in the park, which violates park rules. Park rangers also requested assistance from police. Graves then warned the park rangers to leave, threatening them with an ax.
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