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Man held after breaking into courthouse

A 27-year-old man was arrested late Sunday night after Multnomah County sheriff’s deputies and Portland police officers discovered him inside the closed county courthouse.

Michael Hernandez of Portland, was held on charges of second-degree burglary, second-degree disorderly conduct and first-degree criminal mischief.

Deputies discovered Hernandez inside the courthouse at about 11:24 p.m. Sunday, March 1, after a fire alarm went off in the building. The courthouse wasn’t open at the time. Hernandez is also suspected of setting off a fire alarm at the Portland Police Bureau Central Precinct prior to entering the courthouse.

Deputies and police were called to the courthouse after a deputy district attorney reported that someone had broken into the building by shattering a glass door on the Southwest Fifth Avenue side. Police said someone used a metal grate to smash the glass door.

As deputies prepared to enter the courthouse, the suspect came out of the building and surrendered.