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  41-year-old Christopher L. James   Man attacks car with hatchet at Northwest 20th Avenue and Northwest Northrop Street  


Story by The Oregon Herald Staff
Published on Sunday April 11, 2021 - 2:23 AM

 
PORTLAND, Oregon - A man charged with threatening a driver with a hatchet was arrested for Assault and other charges.

On Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 3:21p.m., were sent to Northwest 20th Avenue and Northwest Northrop Street. As officers were responding, they learned that several callers were reporting someone swinging around a hatchet and hitting a car with it.

When officers arrived, a witness pointed out the suspect. They arrested 41-year-old Christopher L. James, and seized the involved hatchet.

Apparently, suspect James fixated on a subject sitting in a vehicle nearby. James, with hatchet in hand, ran towards the driver's side of the car. As James approached, he raised the hatchet as if he was going to hit the caller who was seated in the vehicle. Fearing for his life, the caller started to drive off. As he did so, James struck the vehicle with the hatchet causing damage.

James was arrested and taken to the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Menacing.

Officers used no force taking Christopher James into custody.

According to the police, force was used in 0.23% of all calls and 3.8% of custodies (sample time period July 2017 ? December 2020). That means that 99.77% of calls do not involve any use of force by Portland Police officers. 96.2% of the time, officers make arrests or otherwise take custody of someone without using any force at all. The majority of force events were low level force where there was no injury or complaint of injury to the involved community member or officer.