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Intruder watches TV, gets punched, gets arrested

by: MULTNOMAH COUNTY Jason Leon Bastrom

Police arrested an intruder Sunday morning who walked into North Portland home, sat and watched TV, refused requests to leave and was then punched in the head and detained by a resident.

According to police, at 7:29 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to a report of a burglary in a residence in the 7100 block of North Fowler Avenue. Before they arrived, the officers were told that someone in the home had 'punched out' the suspect and was restraining him until they got there.

The officers arrived and took 32-year-old Jason Leon Bastrom into custody. He was taken by ambulance to an area hospital to be treated for injuries received after being punched by a family member of the homeowner.

Officers learned that Bastrom let himself in through an unlocked front door, then sat on the couch to watch TV. After calling 9-1-1, the resident called a family member who lived nearby.

According to police, the family member told Bastrom to leave. Bastrom got up but had one hand in his pants pocket, causing the family member to fear he might be armed. The family member struck Bastrom one time in the head, knocking him down.

Bastrom was charged with first-degree criminal trespass and booked into the Multnomah County Jail.