A Foster-Powell neighbor was surprised to find a burglar rummaging through his garage near S.E. 80th Avenue and Francis Street on Monday evening, August 5. At that point it became the intruder, who was wielding a machete knife, who was surprised – because the resident was armed.
East Precinct officers arriving at the address, at 9:53 p.m. that evening, discovered the homeowner holding the suspect at gunpoint – and took the intruder into custody.
"Officers learned that the homeowner discovered the suspect hiding in the garage, holding a machete," a Portland Police spokesperson said. "The homeowner was armed with a gun and fired two shots; the suspect then complied with the homeowner until police arrived."
Officers located evidence of the gunfire at the scene. No one was injured as a result of the shots fired, the spokesperson said.
The suspect, 50-year-old William James Kennedy, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 11:25 p.m. that evening on one count of Burglary in the Second Degree.
At his arraignment the next day in Multnomah County District Court, the judge dismissed the burglary charge, despite Kennedy's having been arrested on private property with a weapon.
However, Kennedy is still in jail, without bail, as a "Transitional Leave Violator". The suspect had been placed in a halfway house, or some other transitional supervised facility, after his release from jail or prison – but violated the conditions of his transition.
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