Gresham police arrested a man they believe was high on drugs when he alarmed diners by grabbing a steak knife at a local restaurant.

Ladarius Jamel Davis, 32, of the North Gresham neighborhood is being held without bail for violating his probation on a conviction for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and also faces new allegations of menacing, harassment and disorderly conduct, according to jail COURTESY: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - Ladarius Jamel Davis

The man caused quite a scene shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the Shari’s restaurant off Northeast 181st Avenue and Halsey Street, said Sgt. Claudio Grandjean, Gresham Police spokesman.

Police responded to a 7:13 p.m. report of a man causing a disturbance, but when they arrived, the man was gone. Witnesses reported Davis seemed paranoid and grabbed a steak knife but didn’t threaten anyone in particular.

“He just generally was acting paranoid, threatening in general, angry and not making sense,” Grandjean said. “In short, acting like he was high.”

After the man grabbed the steak knife, a customer wrestled it away from him and the suspect left. Officers noticed a man a block away who matched the man’s description, right down to the paranoia, incoherence and threatening demeanor. Police suspected he was on drugs and arrested him.

Davis is being held at the Multnomah County Detention Center.

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