Home invader in Portland charged police with a sword before hurling an axe and several knives at them, authorities say

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A criminal in Portland, Oregon, was arrested over the weekend after allegedly breaking into a home and threatening responding officers with a sword and axe, police said.

What happened?

According to the Portland Police Bureau, 20-year-old Chance T. Haylett broke into a home in the northeast part of the city on Saturday while brandishing a sword and several other bladed weapons.

Neighbors reportedly alerted law enforcement officers after witnessing Haylett trying to open doors and windows to the house. Thankfully, the residents of the home were not present at the time of the break-in.

When officers arrived on the scene, they encountered a hostile suspect. Haylett became “combative,” police recalled in a news release, “charging out the back towards officers on the perimeter while carrying a sword.”

Police were able to partially de-escalate the situation by firing a less lethal foam-tip bullet at Haylett, but he still continued to threaten officers with the sword from a distance. At one point, Haylett hurled an axe and several other bladed weapons at the officers, but they were able to dodge the attacks.

After firing another foam-tip bullet at the Haylett, officers were able to move in and apprehend the suspect. In the press release, officers said they “were able to utilize de-escalation skills, develop rapport, and convince the suspect to drop his weapons and surrender.”

Photo description: Numerous bladed weapons are displayed on the ground, including a sword, ax, and multiple knivesImage Source: Portland Police Bureau

What else?

Following the incident, Haylett was transported to a local hospital for evaluation. In all, police found he had been in possession of 15 weapons, including a sword, an axe, several knives — and yes, even a slingshot.

Haylett has since been booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of burglary in the first degree, criminal trespass in the first degree, criminal mischief in the first degree, felon in possession of a restricted weapon, and unlawful use of a weapon. Police reported that no one was injured in the altercation.

The Macon Telegraph reported that he was arraigned Monday afternoon and was being held on $65,000 bond. But jail records indicate Haylett made bail and was released on his own recognizance Monday.

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