Man arrested after dropping knife during fight with officers

Man arrested after dropping knife during fight with officers

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A 30-year-old man will face several criminal charges, including assault on a police officer, after he was arrested early Sunday morning in North Portland.

Thomas Berry was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of second-degree attempted burglary, assaulting a public safety officer, attempted assault of a public safety officer, carrying a concealed weapon, second-degree criminal mischief, second-degree disorderly conduct and interfering with a police officer.

The charges stem from an incident just after 12:30 a.m. Nov. 18 after police responded to a burglar alarm at Frohnmayer Dental in the 5000 block of North Lombard Street.

When police arrived, they found Berry hiding in the shrubbery next to the building. Berry immediately became uncooperative and attempted to punch an officer in the face. A brief struggle ensued, during which Berry dropped an open switchblade knife. Berry was quickly taken into custody and as he was being placed into the police car, he kicked an officer in the chest.

Police later discovered several window screens had been cut and one window had pry marks on it, consistent with someone trying to break in.