Man arrested for swinging stick at person in Northwest Portland
A man who was caught on camera swinging a stick at a person in late July was tased, pepper-sprayed and shot with non-lethal rounds before being arrested Sunday, Sept. 19, after what police called an hour-long standoff in Northwest Portland.
Robert Banks, 53, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon in connection with a July 22 assault at Northwest 23rd Avenue and Flanders that was caught on camera. The bureau also linked Banks to at least 10 different reports of a man threatening people with sticks and other objects, sometimes swinging the weapons at passers-by.
According to the Portland Police Bureau, a team of officers attempted to take Banks into custody around noon on Sept. 19. Police said Banks then armed himself with a stick and wooden pallet for a shield, and threatened officers with them.
In what the bureau called a "deliberate attempt to prevent or reduce the amount of force necessary to resolve the confrontation," officers spent an hour trying to calm Banks down, coordinating with friends of Banks and his Washington County parole officer.
But according to the bureau, those tactics were "thwarted" by a crowd of people yelling at officers and Banks, which the bureau said emboldened Banks' refusal to surrender.
Designating him an active threat to officers, officers then used pepper spray, a taser and an "impact munition launcher," which gave them a chance to move in and arrest him.
The bureau said Banks was examined by paramedics and confirmed to have no serious injuries. He was then booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on several warrants.
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