A 23-year-old hatchet-wielding transient was arrested Monday after chasing a security guard into the Bend JC Penny store, prompting a brief lockdown with customers inside.
According to Bend Police Sgt. Rob Emerson, officers were dispatched at 6:35 p.m. to a weapons offense in the Cascade Village Shopping Center.
A security officer with the shopping center was contacted by employees of Trader Joe’s about a man who was yelling at customers and causing a disturbance.
This man was later identified as Jeffrey J. Ebel. When the security officer arrived in the area, he spotted Ebel in Food 4 Less and asked him to not go back to Trader Joe’s, Emerson said.
During the interaction, Ebel indicated he was waiting for the bus. Security gave Ebel directions to the bus stop and followed Ebel from a distance as he walked towards the stop location.
Emerson said while Ebel was walking to the north, he turned around and saw the security officer following him from a distance. Ebel unlatched a hatchet he was carrying and displayed it over his head and began yelling at the security officer and threatening to harm him.
The security officer contacted 911 and kept eyes on Ebel and provided updates as he walked to the northwest, just west of JC Penny.
While the security officer was on 911, Ebel suddenly turned back around and charged at him with the hatchet over his head. The security officer was able to run into the store and hide as Ebel entered the store looking for him.
When Ebel could not find the security officer, Ebel then ran from the store and was last seen running to the northwest and JC Penny was put on lockdown for a short time.
Bend Police arrived in the area and found Ebel behind a business in the area of Hunnel Rd and Robal Rd. He was arrested without incident and the hatchet was seized.
Ebel was taken to the Deschutes County Jail and charged with menacing, second-degree disorderly conduct and unlawful use of a weapon.