Bend man arrested after threatening insurance adjuster with spear


A Bend man was arrested Wednesday morning after threatening another man with a spear, according to police.

The incident happened just after 11 a.m. when officers were dispatched to 1440 Fitness off Third Street.

A witness saw a man approach another man with a spear and what appeared to be a sharp tip or knife attached to the end of it.

The suspect, later identified as 35-year-old Jeffrey Simms, threatened to hurt the victim with the improvised spear, Burleigh said.

The victim and witness were insurance adjusters who were looking at recent fire damage at the fitness center.

Simms approached the two men quickly and the witness said they decided to leave the job site.

They saw Simms retreat into his motorhome, which was parked on the street near the business.

Officers arrived at the scene and asked Simms to come out of the motorhome.

Two people came outside, including Simms who the witnesses described as the suspect who threatened them.

He was arrested and taken to the Deschutes County Jail on menacing and criminal trespass charges.

A long pole was recovered inside the motorhome, as well as a fabricated piece of metal that had the shape of a large knife, Burleigh said.

The incident closed the 1500 block of NE 2nd Street for about 40 minutes.


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