Armed, naked man provokes lockdown at Hosford Middle School
Hosford Middle School was "locked down" for a time on Wednesday afternoon, March 6, after a number of people called the 9-1-1 Center to report that a man near the school was yelling, swinging a hatchet – and stripping off his clothing.
Responding Central Precinct officers, including Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team officers, arrived – and confirmed that, indeed, an agitated and now-naked man was in the grassy baseball field just south of the school building.
"The subject appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance; and, although he was not injured, he was taken to an area hospital for evaluation, due to his intoxication," reported a Portland Police spokesperson.
After the hospital medical exam, the subject – identified as 40 year-old Jonathan David Messare – was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 12:17 a.m. on March 7. His charges included Assault 2, Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, Attempted Assault on a Public Safety Officer, Resisting Arrest, Criminal Mischief 1, and Disorderly Conduct 2.
At his arraignment later that day in Multnomah County Circuit Court, the District Attorney filed a probable-cause affidavit that Messare had been yelling that he'd killed his wife and child, as police arrived.
According to the court document, Messare had been armed with a hatchet, bamboo poles, a knife, and a dog leash with a metal carabiner attached, while he shouted expletives and dared officers stop him.
Messare eventually dropped his weapons and charged at officers, who were then able to take him into custody, the affidavit states. During the ensuing tussle, the suspect cut a PPB sergeant with a small knife. "The sergeant was treated and released for the non-life threatening injury," remarked a PPB spokesperson.
While Messare was in court, the PPB Domestic Violence Reduction Unit and the Central Neighborhood Response Team executed the search warrant in the 2900 block of S.E. Division Street.
While it did not appear that Messare had actually killed anyone there, officers came across and seized an AR15 automatic firearm, a shotgun, a semi-automatic handgun, and a .38 revolver, along with ammunition and tactical gear.
Additional charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (4 counts) and Violation of a Restraining Order (4 counts) were added to Messare's original charges.
Messare had originally been jailed in lieu of posting $20,000 combined bail, but MCDC records show that the he was subsequently ordered lodged in a hospital for observation.