2 charged after Burnside Bridge rescue

Robert Arland Morehouse, 23, and Jasighian Marie Baxter, 21, were arrested after climbing a fence and getting stuck underneath the Burnside Bridge in downtown Portland on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. They were rescued before being charged. (Multnomah County Jail)
Robert Arland Morehouse, 23, and Jasighian Marie Baxter, 21, were arrested after climbing a fence and getting stuck underneath the Burnside Bridge in downtown Portland on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. They were rescued before being charged. (Multnomah County Jail)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A man and woman who got stuck with their pets underneath the Burnside Bridge after climbing a restricted fence Monday night are facing charges.

Twenty-one-year-old Jasighian Marie Baxter and 23-year-old Robert Arland Morehouse are charged with second-degree disorderly conduct and second-degree criminal trespass.

At about 8 p.m. Monday, the two, along with their three dogs and one cat, climbed a 10-foot barbed wire chain link fence that surrounds a sewer pump station. Morehouse allegedly lost his balance and fell into the Willamette River after Baxter climbed down a power cord to use a bathroom, Portland police said.

They were spotted by passerbys, who called 911. Portland Fire & Rescue crews pulled Morehouse out using rope harnesses. Baxter was found on a shelf underneath the bridge with her pets. Neither was hurt.

The pets were taken into Multnomah County Animal Control custody. The two were booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

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