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News Release
Suspect Taken Into Custody after Attempting Suicide in Front of Store Employees - 04/01/20

On Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 10:44 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the 5900 Block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard on a report of a male displaying alarming behavior towards a female employee.

Responding officers received information that the male suspect was a previous co-worker from another state and had followed the female victim after she moved to Oregon. Before officers arrived on scene, the suspect retrieved a knife and announced his intention to commit suicide in front of her and began cutting himself.

The Bureau of Emergency Communications (BOEC) dispatcher instructed the female and another employee to lock themselves in a bathroom. There were no customers at the location. Officers arrived on scene and safely evacuated the employees using a back door.

Officers knew that the suspect was injured and was likely in need of medical attention. Officers coordinated their response with on-duty Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) members. An Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team (ECIT) officer established communication with the suspect. The suspect ultimately complied with the officers directions and was safely taken into custody.

He was then transported to an area hospital for a mental health evaluation. Due to the need for medical treatment, he was issued a criminal citation for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and released to medical care.

Northeast Sandy Boulevard was closed in both directions for approximately 30 minutes.

The Police Bureau has volunteer officers from a variety of patrol assignments on the Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team (ECIT). These officers are the first responders dispatched by 9-1-1 to crisis calls that are determined to be related to an individual with mental illness. ECIT officers receive additional training in order to; identify risks during a behavioral crisis, utilize crisis communication techniques to help deescalate a person in crisis, and have knowledge of available community resources.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts.

The Multnomah County Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day at 503-988-4888.

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