PPB defuses Cully neighborhood situation

Officers responded to the 4900 block of NE Killingsworth at 4:40 a.m. Sunday

Eric Harris, Gerald Randale, Jan. 31, 2016 (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)
Eric Harris, Gerald Randale, Jan. 31, 2016 (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two men were arrested after Portland police were able to defuse a potentially dangerous situation after they surrounded a residence in the Cully neighborhood early Sunday morning.

The incident in the 4300 block of Northeast Killingsworth began with a call around 4:40 a.m. that one woman was assaulted and threatened by armed men inside the house, PPB spokesperson Sgt. Greg Stewart said.

The suspects — Eric L. Harris and Gerald Randale — were allegedly armed gang members.

Officers were able to get one woman out, and she told them another woman was still inside. Eventually, PPB officers were able to get her to leave, but officials said she was not cooperative.

Harris and Randale were convinced to leave peacefully. They were arrested on the spot and investigators said they found a sawed-off shotgun at the house.

Harris, 41, faces coercion and weapons charges, plus a charge of indecent exposure. Randale, 32, is charged with coercion, 4th-degree assault and weapons charges.

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