Redmond PD: Man arrested after allegedly threatening people during drive-by birthday party

Redmond Police say they arrested a man Friday for threatening his neighbors who were having friends drive by and honk their horns to celebrate a child’s birthday.

About 5:40 p.m. Friday,  officers responded to the 2200 block of SW 33rd St. after someone reported a man armed with a weapon was threatening others in the area.

Lt. Curtis Chambers said the investigation revealed a nearby homeowner was having a “Stay Home, Save Lives” compliant birthday party for their child.

In the spirit of social distancing, friends would drive by, honk their horn, and sing happy birthday while inside their vehicles, Chambers said.

According to witnesses, 45-year-old Gabreial Russell, walked out of his house wearing a gas mask and holding a weapon, while allegedly making threatening statements to those participating in the party, Chambers said.

Officers and detectives at the scene arrested Russell without incident.  Police obtained a search warrant for Russell’s home where more evidence was seized, Chambers said.

The investigation determined the weapon Russell possessed was a realistic-looking MP5-style BB rifle.

Russell was taken to the Deschutes County Jail on charges of menacing and unlawful use of a weapon.

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