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Unhappy bar patron wields knife, makes threats

On Friday, Feb. 21, at 10:41 p.m., deputies with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a disturbance at the El Tapatio Restaurant at 18615 S.W. Farmington Road in Aloha. Patrons called 911 to report a man allegedly using a knife to threaten people in the restaurant.

When deputies arrived, they were informed the suspect had left the location on foot. The suspect, Jonathan Lemarroy, 36, of Hillsboro, had been asked to leave the bar because he was intoxicated. He became upset and had an argument with the staff. Lemarroy left the restaurant, and a short time later returned holding a large knife in his hand. He walked through the restaurant pointing the knife at several patrons and staff, telling them he was going to kill them. He then left the restaurant again and did not return.

Outside, Lemarroy approached a car in the parking lot with two people in it, and allegedly used the knife to puncture a tire on the vehicle. Deputies later searched the parking lot and found four cars and a bicycle had their tires flattened.

Sheriff’s deputies used a police dog to track Lemarroy to the nearby Farmington Garden Apartments and contacted Lemarroy there. Lemarroy was not cooperative with the deputies, and fought with them as he was being arrested. He received minor injuries and did not require hospitalization.

Lemarroy was identified by witnesses as the suspect who pointed the knife at them, but deputies were not able to locate the knife he used. He was transported to the Washington County Jail and charged with several crimes, including menacing; unlawful use of a weapon (two counts); resisting arrest (two counts); criminal mischief in the second degree; and disorderly conduct in the second degree (two counts).

His bail was set at $20,000.



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