Police: Massage interrupted by burglary suspect

Benny Lee Patton is charged with one count of first-degree burglary

Benny Lee Patton 57 shown in a jail booking photo after being arrested by Portland Police.
Benny Lee Patton 57 shown in a jail booking photo after being arrested by Portland Police.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) – A 57-year-old interrupted a massage in the city’s Northwest District when officers said he burglarized a home while intoxicated.

Benny Lee Patton is charged with one count of first-degree burglary. He was arrested last Thursday when officers were dispatched to a home in the 2800 block of Northwest Thurman Street. Officers said that during a massage, the therapist heard a noise coming from an upstairs room in the residential home.

The therapist reported that Patton was visibly intoxicated, court documents state. The therapist told Patton to wait until police arrived, but he left. Police found him hiding in a nearby field. A Portland Police K-9 Unit respond and was released to take Patton into custody, court documents state.

Police found jewelry inside one of Patton’s pockets, court documents state. The jewelry, police said, came from the home where the massage was taking place.

Patton was arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Friday. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf.

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