A man in East Portland’s Centennial neighborhood was arrested yesterday for allegedly throwing an “unexploded improvised device” under an RV parked on the streets, Portland Police Bureau officials say.
Jeremy Patrick Kidwell, 46, was charged with manufacturing a destructive device, possession of a destructive device and arson in the first degree for the attack on the RV near near SE 160th Avenue and Division Street.
Kidwell, who has no criminal history, lives nearby with his wife and kids, court records show.
“[Kidwell] lives in the area and my understanding is the investigators were led to believe that the issue may have been around people living on the street/in RVs in the suspect’s neighborhood,” says Portland Police Bureau spokesman Pete Simpson.
Tensions over homeless campers and RVs parked on the city streets have run high in Portland but rarely if ever involved neighbors attacking the transients.
Here’s the Portland Police Bureau’s account of the incident:
On Wednesday August 24, 2016, at 5:01 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to Southeast 160th Avenue and Division Street on the report that someone threw an explosive underneath an occupied motorhome parked on the side of the street.
Officers arrived and assessed the device, which was an unexploded improvised device. Officers requested the Metropolitan Explosives Disposal Unit (MEDU) respond to the location to safely collect the device.
The suspect did not remain in the area.
This evening, at 5:59 p.m., an East Precinct officer was in the area of Southeast 160th Avenue and Division Street on an unrelated matter when the victim from the morning told the officer that the suspect was in the area. Officers contacted the suspect and after a brief investigation, took him into custody.
The suspect, 46-year-old Jeremy Patrick Kidwell, was transported to the Detective Division where Arson Investigators continued the investigation into the incident. Ultimately, the suspect was booked into jail on charges of Manufacturing a Destructive Device, Possession of a Destructive Device and Arson in the First Degree.