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A man created quite a commotion in the heart of the Woodstock Business District, until restrained by police

DAVID F. ASHTON - Officers and firefighter/paramedics confronted a man who was brandishing a knife and behaving wildly, and wrestled him onto a gurney - after his brief rampage on Woodstock Boulevard. A man, apparently homeless and known to neighbors as "Jonathan", rampaged through the Woodstock Neighborhood Business District on Thursday afternoon, June 24.

Reportedly, Portland Parks & Recreation Park Rangers have been encouraging Jonathan to move away from his favorite camping spot at the Woodstock Community Center, without much success.

On this late afternoon, according to several witnesses who spoke with THE BEE, after leaving his camp near the community center he pulled up a tree stake in a curb strip near Advantis Credit Union and broke it into pieces; and then continued across the street to the Portland Fish Market where he was described as "terrorizing the customers".

The man, who some say appeared to be intoxicated, went on to challenge drivers as he staggered back across S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and into the Bi-Mart parking lot, where he ripped windshield wipers off a car, and then went to another vehicle and stabbed its hood, puncturing it several times with a knife – with a male teenager in the back seat.

When confronted by the owner of one of the cars, the man reportedly pulled a knife, brandished it, and caused the victim to retreat.

Several people called the 9-1-1 Center because of Jonathan's behavior, and nine Portland Police cruisers were dispatched at 7:31 p.m. that evening. The man, apparently known to East Precinct officers, shouted that he had multiple diseases, including COVID-19, and began spitting at officers and arriving paramedics from Woodstock Fire Station 25.

Officers managed to restrain the man and place a "spit hood" over his head – that's a loose breathable fabric sack. After being checked out by paramedics at the scene, and restrained on a gurney, the man was taken to a local medical facility for observation.

A day later, at another incident, a PPB officer told THE BEE that this man had been released from custody, and was back on the street in Woodstock, and "back to his old ways". Hopefully, this time without the knife.


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