Portland Police: Suspect allegedly damages vehicles, licks a man on the face

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Portland, Ore. – Portland Police officers responded to reports of a man assaulting a woman in the area of S.E. 9th and Sandy Boulevard around 3:40 Tuesday afternoon.

Officers said they located the suspect, who jumped onto the responding police car, then proceeded to climb a tree. The man eventually ran into a restaurant where officers were able to take him into custody. During the struggle, he attempted to bite one of the arresting officers.

According to the Portland Police Bureau, the man was sedated and transported to the hospital to be evaluated for possible drug intoxication.

Police said they later learned that the suspect had attacked a man and licked him on the face. He also damaged three other vehicles before being confronted by officers.

The man, identified by police as 32-year-old Matthew Joseph Medlin, is being charged with four counts of criminal mischief, resisting arrest, burglary, attempted assault of a public safety officer, disorderly conduct, and criminal mischief.

Portland NBC affiliate KGW reports Medlin has a long history of criminal offenses. In February he was arrested after being involved in a four-hour standoff with police while he was high on methamphetamine.

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