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Early-morning adventure ends with one arrest in Forest Grove

Two men climbed to the top of the three-story Bank of the West building on Pacific Avenue in Forest Grove early Saturday morning to “watch the stars,” according to Capt. Mike Herb, spokesman for the Forest Grove Police Department.

Instead, they saw local firefighters and police after a bystander spotted them.

The men, 24-year-old Gregory Higgs of Gaston and 25-year-old Richard Jensen of Beaverton, climbed a ladder on the side of the bank building to get to the roof. Someone noticed them and called police around 2:30 a.m.

Police sought help from Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, which used its ladder truck to bring down the men, who were “having a late-night adventure,” Fire Marshal Dave Nemeyer wrote on FGF&R’s Facebook page.

Public-safety personnel found the men “lying on the roof with a six-pack of beer,” Herb said.

“Firefighters safely brought down the two in the bucket of Truck 4, where they were met by police officers for further discussions,” Nemeyer wrote.

“This type of call is uncommon,” said Nemeyer, “but our close relationship with our law enforcement partners is not, and this is an example of our continued teamwork serving the community.”

Herb said that after the rescue was complete, Jensen “became uncooperative” and was lodged in the Washington County Jail on charges of Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree. Higgs was cited and released for the same offense.