Police find marijuana grow after standoff with domestic violence suspect
LO man held at county jail
A Lake Oswego man was in Clackamas County Jail early this week after a domestic violence case led to a police standoff at his Second Street apartment.
Christopher McRae, 35, is accused of strangulation, menacing, second-degree kidnapping and fourth-degree assault.
Additional charges are pending that stem from a marijuana grow police discovered after making the arrest, said Lake Oswego Police Capt. Dale Jorgensen. Officers removed 30 illegal marijuana plants at various stages of maturity along with growing equipment Saturday night.
The case began at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, when McRaes live-in girlfriend told police she had left their apartment, in a building at 660 Second St., after she was physically assaulted. Officers responded to the home, but McRae allegedly refused to open the door.
While drafting a warrant, police learned McRae was apparently barricading the door by blocking it with some hefty kitchen appliances.
Clackamas County sent a SWAT team, which set up a staging area in the Rite Aid parking lot downtown. Second Street was closed between C and D avenues for a few hours as the SWAT team arrived at the scene, around noon, and threw either pepper spray or gas into the apartment; McRae surrendered soon after, according to police.
According to Clackamas County Jail records, McRae is being held on charges of assault, menacing, strangulation and kidnapping as well as second-degree disorderly conduct and manufacture of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $326,000.
Three people were in the home with McRae on Saturday, and police arrested two of them on outstanding warrants unrelated to this case, Jorgensen said.
Overall it was a great cooperation between us and the Clackamas County SWAT team, Jorgensen said. The SWAT team did an excellent job – they were very professional, they operated very quickly and efficiently. I just cant say enough what a great job they did.