My wife is serving as a juror in a civil suit that is being heard in the federal court in downtown Portland. The case will be in its sixth day come Monday morning. The following story illustrates why I provide her transportation to and from court each day rather than dropping her off at the nearest light rail platform. The following quotes are taken from an Oregonian news story.
A 37-year-old man who stood naked and screaming on some MAX tracks, then injured a bystander by grabbing her by the hair and violently yanking her to the ground, was sentenced to 26 days in jail earlier this week.
Theodore Metzger told authorities he was high on methamphetamine. When asked if he’d been diagnosed with any mental illnesses, he responded “All of them.”
The attack on the Max platform took place on February 6, 2019. The court calendar in Multnomah County never has an empty day, and you might be surprised to know that some individuals don’t show up for their trials. Mr. Metzger was rather busy back in February 2019.
Metzger also pleaded no contest to second-degree criminal mischief in a different case. He was suspected of stealing from the Portsmouth Union Church in North Portland and was told to leave at about 5:30 a.m. on Feb. 6, according to the DA’s office. Metzger took a machete and an ax and struck a large stone monument, broke two outside light fixtures and damaged a post supporting a covered walkway, investigators said.
Police brought Metzger to jail, but he was released about two hours later. About 12 hours later, he was booked in again for the MAX platform attack.
Ms. Greer suffered some serious injuries in the attack.
The woman, Ellen Greer, then 37, told police she had been on a walk to get coffee. Cell phone video that Greer took just before she was attacked shows Metzger screaming racial slurs and expletives at a TriMet supervisor and others.
Greer told police that she decided to try to help. Her video shows her walking toward Metzger, then Metzger suddenly turning toward her before the video ends.
Greer told police she pepper-sprayed Metzger as he attacked, but that didn’t stop him from putting all of his body weight on her knee. Several bystanders pulled Metzger off, and a private security officer placed him in handcuffs before police arrived, authorities said.
Greer said she couldn’t walk. She was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
A few weeks after the attack, a KGW story reported that Greer said she’d suffered a bone fracture in her knee, a severed ACL and other injuries. Greer didn’t attend Wednesday’s plea and sentencing hearing in Multnomah County Circuit Court.
Ms. Greer was not the only who did not attend the sentencing hearing.
Metzger also wasn’t there. He entered a no contest plea by mail to one count of fourth-degree assault. As part of a plea agreement, he was sentenced to 364 days of probation and 100 hours of community service. He must attend one community a month such as Alcoholic Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous and pay Greer about $2,900 in restitution.
The police do not determine how long someone spends in jail, nor do the police have any input on plea deals, or sentences handed down by the court. I do have some urban survival tips to offer my readers. Distance is your friend, especially when it comes to a naked man standing on the light rail tracks blocking trains. Agitated naked individuals self-medicating with the intoxicant of their choice who are verbally abusing people as they block trains are beyond any help you can give them, unless you’re carrying a Taser or bean-bag shotgun. Risk versus reward should always be your first thought in this type of situation, and don’t count on any relief coming from the court.Published in