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Affidavit: Andre Coleman threatened security officer at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Portland

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
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Andre Coleman, who was recently arrested multiple times for alleged trespassing and harassment in Estacada, now faces accusations of breaking into a Portland church and chasing a security officer with a knife.

On Sunday, Jan. 7, Portland Police officers were notified of a burglary in progress at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 1432 SW 13th Ave, according to a probable cause affidavit. When the officer reached the scene, she reportedly saw Coleman sprinting after a security officer and threatening to beat him.

Coleman was taken into custody shortly thereafter.

A witness told police he saw Coleman in the church's pantry with a knife after the building had been locked for the night. Coleman allegedly held the knife toward the witness and chased after him when he ran.

A second witness told police he saw Coleman holding a meat cleaver.

Inside the church, police say they found a hatchet, cleaver and two large knives that it appeared Coleman used to cause damage to doors, windows and several other areas.

During the incident, Coleman was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, police said.

Coleman told police he went into the church to find his girlfriend, whom he claimed had been kidnapped one week prior. He added that he didn't care if he went to jail for the incident, because he was trying to find his girlfriend.

Several weeks prior in Estacada, Coleman was arrested four times within the span of five days on accusations of verbal harassment, threatening behavior, disorderly conduct and trespassing. He has been formally prohibited from entering several different locations in town.

For the incident in Portland, Coleman faces charges of first-degree burglary, unlawful use of a weapon, first-degree criminal mischief, second-degree burglary, second-degree disorderly conduct, menacing and possession of methamphetamine.

According to a recognizance release form, Coleman has been a transient for the last two decades and has lived at four residences in the last year. Arrests with the Sandy Police Department from Dec. 22- 27 list Estacada as his city of residence. The address he gave court officials in Multnomah County was Portland Rescue Mission's Burnside shelter.

Prior to moving to the Portland region a year-and-a-half ago, Coleman lived in Oakland, Calif. While in California, he was convicted of grand theft, second-degree robbery, possession of cocaine and assault, among other crimes. According to court documents, he has been convicted of 15 felonies.

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