A Bend man was arrested Wednesday morning after police say he stole a 6-pack of beer from a liquor store, made a bomb threat to a daycare and then broke into a home and attacked two people inside.
Bend Police Officers were dispatched to the Bend East Liquor Store at 10:40 a.m. on a report of a man who had stolen a 6-pack of beer. Sgt. Wes Murphy said officers later learned the man was 36-year-old Andre Blalack.
Just before 11 a.m., while officers were en route to the liquor store, dispatch informed officers that staff from a church and preschool located at 21300 Bear Creek Rd. reported a man was in front of the building saying there was a bomb and “everyone is going to die.” Murphy said.
Staff told dispatch the man had left the area, walking east on Bear Creek Road. Staff described the male as carrying a 6-pack of beer. Responding officers diverted from the liquor store to the daycare location and later determined there was no bomb present, Murphy said.
At 11:06 a.m. as officers were approaching the area of the daycare, they were notified by dispatch that a man had broken into a house located at 21517 Bear Creek Rd. by kicking in the front door and attacked two residents; a 36 year old woman and a 15 year old girl. Murphy said both suffered minor, non-life threatening injuries. During the investigation, officers located the 6-pack of beer on the kitchen counter.
Officers and Oregon State Police Troopers contacted Blalack in a field near 21517 Bear Creek Rd., and Blalack ran to the south, after he was told he was under arrest, Murphy said. Blalack ran through several fields before officers and troopers were eventually able to locate Blalack and safely take him into custody.
During the investigation, officers learned Blalack was the respondent on a restraining order and was prohibited from contacted the two victims, as well as from being at the residence on Bear Creek Road, Murphy said.
Blalack was taken to the Deschutes County Jail. He was charged with first-degree burglary, fourth-degree felony assault, strangulation, criminal mischief and contempt of court among other charges.
The Bend Police Department would like to thank Oregon State Police and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance.