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Tuesday in Portland: 13-year-old boy accused of threatening to shoot up SE Portland school arrested with replica handgun

Emily Scarvie

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(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Tuesday, May 16 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. 13-year-old arrested with replica handgun after reportedly threatening to shoot up SE Portland school, police say

Portland police arrested a 13-year-old boy accused of threatening to shoot up the Creative Science School in southeast Portland on Monday. He was reportedly arrested with a replica gun and wearing a tactical vest with a patch that read, “BAD DECISIONS MAKE GOOD STORIES,” according to police.

Officers were dispatched to the school just before 4 p.m. on reports that a former student was making threats to commit a school shooting and had been seen with a gun and wearing tactical gear. Administrators placed the school on lockdown and called 911.

The 13-year-old was located by officers at Southeast 92nd Avenue and Stark Street, about six blocks from the school. He was wearing a helmet, goggles and a green tactical vest, and carrying what looked like a Glock handgun, according to police. Officers ordered him to drop the gun and put his hands up and he complied. The firearm turned out to be a replica handgun.

Portland police took the 13-year-old to the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center on allegations of menacing with a firearm and disorderly conduct.

2. One dead after single-vehicle crash in SE Portland

One man is dead after a single-vehicle crash involving a motorcycle occurred overnight in the Central Eastside neighborhood. The incident occurred near the intersection of Southeast Water Avenue and Southeast Belmont Street just before 1:40 a.m. According to police, the motorcyclist was already deceased when they arrived at the scene.

The Portland Police Bureau’s Major Crash Team is investigating. Anyone with information on the crash is asked to contact crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 23-127580.

3. TriMet buses hit by bullets in north Portland, route detoured

After three TriMet buses were damaged by bullets in north Portland, the transit agency is temporarily detouring all Line 4 buses off a 10-block section of North Fessenden Street.

The first incident occurred at Berkley Avenue on Sunday morning and the second happened near Van Houten Avenue on Sunday afternoon. The third was logged Monday morning, although the operator didn’t discover the damage until later in their route, so the location where the bus was shot is unclear.

“We’re thankful that no one was hurt in any of these incidents,” TriMet said.

The Line 4 diversion will be in place through end of service Tuesday, ending early Wednesday morning. Transit Police will increase its presence in the area, according to TriMet.

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