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Story by James Daniels - The Oregon Herald
Published on Friday April 9, 2010 - 1:46 PM
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PORTLAND, Oregon - Lawrence Hendon has been arrested 44 times during his long criminal career and people in his neighborhood want answers and action. Clackamas County deputies arrested Lawrence Hendon the this last time on charges he used bolt cutters to break into newspaper bins and steal quarters. In fact, he was wearing the cutters around his neck and lots of coins in his pockets. Hendon attempted to run when spotted by deputies, a sheriff's spokesman said, but the $60 bucks coins he carried slowed his retreat. Hendon was charged with criminal mischief, theft and possession of burglary tools and was released.

In the north Portland neighborhood where Hendon lives, neighbors said they're too familiar with his criminal history. "We're just aware. We tell him to stay the heck away," said Michael Mitchell, who lives nearby. Records show Hendon's criminal career began in the early 1980s. When FOX 12 asked jail staff in Clackamas County for any mug shots of Hendon, it took 11 e-mails from a jail worker to send all the mug shots they had on file. Despite Hendon's lengthy rap sheet, he remains a free man.

A woman who lives nearby said her major concern is Hendon's status as a registered sex offender. "I have four children that don't need to be subjected to this," she said. "He needs to be put away." When contacted at his home, Hendon declined to comment Thursday. While court documents show he has been charged with his fair share of felonies, most of the arrests were misdemeanor charges. Representatives with the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office said misdemeanors rarely result in jail time.