Gunman in Hillsdale had restraining order for weapons threats
A man accused of firing 29 bullets throughout a Hillsdale apartment complex during an altercation with a neighbor on June 29 has been arrested and charged with attempted murder, among 24 other charges.
Luke Stolarzyk, 32, now faces an attempted murder charge, in addition to charges for reckless endangerment, unlawful use of a weapon, criminal mischief and attempt to commit a felony, after he allegedly chased a neighbor around and fired off several rounds with an AR-15 rifle in and around the Stephens Creek Crossing apartments in Southwest Portland during the early morning hours of June 29.
Stolarzyk pleaded not guilty to each of the charges.
A court protective order request to keep Stolarzyk in jail, due to him being a danger to himself and the community, was granted by a judge July 19.
The legal memo notes Stolarzyk's mother had filed for a restraining order against her son in April, saying he would often get drunk and threaten family members with guns. The restraining order application noted Stolarzyk had prior mental health issues and was suicidal at times.
"She expressed fear that the defendant had access to other firearms and would harm either her or other family members with those guns," according to the D.A.'s memo.
Prosecutors also pointed to video captured from the time of the shooting, showing Stolarzyk fired from an elevated position at someone as they ran through the parking lot.
Portland Police Officer Nicholas Wambold reported that when the defendant was being loaded into the ambulance he yelled, "you're lucky I didn't kill you!"
Neighbors at the apartments on Southwest 26th Way awoke to gunfire around 1:30 a.m. that day. Stolarzyk reportedly fired nearly 30 shots around the apartment complex, striking cars and occupied homes, following an argument with a neighbor. No one was injured during the shooting rampage.
According to one resident, Stolarzyk got into a verbal altercation with a neighbor, later identified in court documents as Kenneth Nelson, allegedly over a barking dog that was loose. The two exchanged words, and Stolarzyk left before returning with a gun, then went looking for Nelson, according to resident Misty Garrett, who lives nearby and heard the gunfire.
Stolarzyk fired off 29 rounds before being hog-tied and beaten by Stephens Creek residents who intervened to disarm and restrain him until police arrived.
The Portland Police Bureau said Stolarzyk was transported by ambulance from the scene and spent several days in the hospital due to the severity of injuries he received from neighbors who assaulted him while restraining him.
"He needed very serious medical attention," Matt Jacobsen, an acting sergeant on the case, said during a July 1 community meeting held at the Stephens Creek complex. He said the rampage "started over an argument someone took way too far."
Residents of the complex voiced concern after police initially said Stolarzyk would be released back to his home after he left the hospital. That didn't happen. Stolarzyk was indicted on an attempted murder charge that caused him to be arrested and held in custody upon his discharge from the hospital.
"The Central Precinct Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) began follow up on the incident the same day, followed leads and developed more detailed information," a news release from the Portland Police Bureau stated. "Based on the NRT investigation an arrest warrant was issued for Attempted Murder, and related charges. On July 5, 2021, officers took Stolarzyk into custody for the warrant when he was finally released from the hospital and booked him into the Multnomah County jail."
Stolarzyk is due back in court Aug. 25.
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