PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man is behind bars after being accused of getting naked and turning on the faucets of more than 40 homes in the Ladd’s Addition neighborhood.
Portland police said since July, 30-year-old Moyhijah Widger-Chongo is responsible for about $50,000 in damage due to flooding.
Fred Wallis told KOIN 6 News he and his neighbors were taking turns keeping an overnight watch for the man after they came frustrated with the repeated flooding.
Residents captured him on security cameras.
“He would stand up on a handrail I guess, and pop over, and then come over and turn on the water,” Wallis said.
Widger-Chongo is also accused of defecating on sidewalks and yards.
“Eight times in front of our house,” Wallis said.
Wallis said he finally caught him in the act of turning on the water at a neighbor’s house.
“He had turned on 2 faucets and was heading toward my backyard,” Wallis said. “He got within 8 feet of me, and I told him to get on the ground, startled him. I yelled at him again and he said, ‘Don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me’ and turned and ran.”
Police said they found the suspect on a porch across the street, putting his clothes back on. Widger-Chongo faces 14 misdemeanor and felony charges and is being held at the Multnomah County Jail. He has also been linked to a burglary in May 2017.
“I’m very glad he’s caught,” neighbor Dale Conklin said. “I will sleep better at night knowing my basement is safe.”
Police said officers requested a mental health services assessment for Widger-Chongo.