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Bend police: Man with improvised spear jailed after threatening insurance adjuster at fire-hit gym

Smoke rises from Fitness 1440 gym in NE Bend in Oct. 6 fire
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Smoke rises from Fitness 1440 gym in NE Bend in Oct. 6 fire

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – A man wielding an improvised spear threatened one of two insurance adjusters at a fire-hit northeast Bend gym Wednesday morning and was arrested on menacing and criminal trespass charges, police said.

Police learned shortly after 11 a.m. from Deschutes County 911 dispatchers of the reported weapons offense outside of Fitness 1440, damaged by an Oct. 6 fire, Lt. Clint Burleigh said.

A witness reported a man had approached and threatened another man with a spear and what appeared to be a sharp tip or knife at the end of it, Burleigh said. The victim and witness were at the gym as insurance adjusters looking at the fire damage.

Burleigh said the 35-year-old suspect approached the pair quickly, and they decided to leave the jobsite, while they saw the suspect go into his motor home, parked on the adjacent street.

Officers directed the occupants of the motor home to come out, and two did, one identified as the suspect, who was taken into custody without incident, Burleigh said. He was lodged at the county jail on charges of menacing and second-degree criminal trespass.

Burleigh said a long pole was found in the motor home, as well as a fabricated piece of metal in the shape of a large knife.

The incident prompted closure of the 1500 block of Northeast Second Street for about 40 minutes, the lieutenant said.

KTVZ News Team



  1. More of our preyed upon marginalized homeless folks doing what they do. Let’s put them next to a school! Lys invite them into town! (The East side anyhow)

  2. I was actually walking down Olney at 2nd, about 10 am yesterday. A homeless-looking guy was going berserk on 2nd, screaming, threatening anyone in the area, walking right in front of cars and challenging the drivers to a fight. I did not make eye contact with him, just kept walking fast, but realized that this guy was going to be trouble. This is the third such incident that I have had in that area in two days. I made the mistake of trying to talk to one guy, but it quickly turned into a rant about how he had been tossed off the land by ODOT and ‘would I buy him a guitar?’. Bend is headed for real trouble.

  3. With these sort of issues surrounding the homeless situation in Bend, I think it would be a great idea to have this guy camping next to 2 schools and a neighborhood, shouldn’t be a problem.

    1. WELLLLL, funny that you say that. Going past Pilot Butte MS this morning at around 9:45, an obviously crazed guy, on the sidewalk directly in front of the school, is beating on a telephone pole with a bag full of his possessions. He is screaming and totally out of control. Imagine if this was at the same time kids were walking there. This town is getting downright frightening.

        1. I am actually getting a bit concerned about my safety in Bend. I walk everywhere and pass some of the mentally ill almost daily. I am a senior citizen, but still able to defend myself in a normal situation. But, another true story. I passed a guy pushing a giant cart full of stuff, getting forced off ODOT land a couple of days ago. He was yelling at me, asking for directions, but I could not make out where he wanted to go. About two hours later, about a mile away, I passed him again, without the cart. He came up to me, and I normally just keep walking. As soon as he started talking, I said ‘Don’t ask me for money’. He said he wanted me to buy him a guitar. We were standing right near the pawn shop on Greenwood. He said, they had just thrown him out because they didn’t like him. Our conversation escalated a bit, but I kept him calm and wished him luck. He was about 30 years old, much bigger than me, and pretty wild. If I had been a more vulnerable person, I don’t know what would have happened. Moving them off the ODOT land has had the expected result; I now see homeless sleeping in city parks and other places that I never saw them before. This is not going to end well.

          1. I think it’s a toss up. None of us saw this pandemic coming, and yet here it is. I’m a senior as well, but I only deal with one day at a time. It’s too heartbreaking to try and deal with more than that.

  4. And we continue to coddle these poor folks. Wasn’t there a time when all this activity was against the law? Like a child, they continue to act this way because…. they can. Now law abiding citizens can’t make eye contact. What the heck are we doing Bend?

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