Machete Or Not, Here We Come | Local News | Bend | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon

Coverage for Central Oregon, by Central Oregonians.
100% Local. No Paywalls.

Every day, the Source publishes a mix of locally reported stories on our website, keeping you up to date on developments in news, food, music and the arts. We’re committed to covering this city where we live, this city that we love, and we hear regularly from readers who appreciate our ability to put breaking news in context.

The Source has been a free publication for its 22 years. It has been free as a print version and continued that way when we began to publish online, on social media and through our newsletters.

But, as most of our readers know, times are different for local journalism. Tech giants are hoovering up small businesses and small-business advertising—which has been the staple for locally owned media. Without these resources, journalism struggles to bring coverage of community news, arts and entertainment that social media cannot deliver.

Please consider becoming a supporter of locally owned journalism through our Source Insider program. Learn more about our program’s benefits by clicking through today.

Support Us Here

News » Local News

Machete Or Not, Here We Come

Next up in weird crimes: Machetes, axes and an assault on a 7-Eleven store employee

by

1 comment

June is proving to be a machete-filled month.

On June 1, a Bend man armed with a machete was arrested after allegedly threatening his neighbors. Authorities say the event led to a standoff, and the man was finally taken into custody after SWAT team involvement and 90 minutes of negotiation.


Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies and Bend police were dispatched to Southeast Tempest Drive, where they say a local man, later identified as 45-year-old Michael Dean Fuller II, was menacingly waving around a machete and making threats to other apartment residents, police said. After cops took him into custody, officers did in fact recover the machete inside of Fuller's apartment. He's now facing charges including unlawful use of a weapon, first-degree burglary, two counts of menacing and second-degree disorderly conduct.

Texas resident Jacob Cody Echols was taken into custody in Bend after stealing and totaling a pickup. - DESCHUTES COUNTY JAIL
  • Deschutes County Jail
  • Texas resident Jacob Cody Echols was taken into custody in Bend after stealing and totaling a pickup.

Two machetes, one night

On the same evening, cops say 37-year-old Jacob Cody Echols stole a 2006 Ford F-250 pickup truck and crashed the it on George Millican Road, east of Bend. He was discovered nearby, wearing a hooded sweatshirt over body armor and sitting beside a backpack that also contained a machete. Inside the totaled pickup, deputies discovered a stolen AR-15 with loaded magazines. A more thorough search of the stolen vehicle resulted in the discovery of pry bars, stolen license plates and hockey masks. Echols, who lives in Texas, remains in the Deschutes County Adult Jail on charges of unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, felon in possession of body armor and a firearm, possession of burglary tools, two counts of second-degree theft and first- and second-degree criminal mischief.

Deschutes County deputies responded to another incident on June 13 at roughly 1am, involving a fire at High Lakes Towing and Recovery in La Pine and reports of an axe-wielding employee, who they say was concerned about his missing cat. Deputies said they ordered Eddie Newingham to leave the burning building multiple times, but he refused—all while armed with two long-handled axes,  which they say he used to menace the deputies that attempted to approach him.

Deputies de-escalated the situation and cited Newingham on charges of menacing, interfering with a firefighter and interfering with a police officer. Plot twist: no cat was ever found.

A fire at High Lakes Towing and Recovery in La Pine did extensive damage, but no one was injured... not even a (potentially) imaginary cat. - LA PINE RURAL FIRE DISTRICT
  • La Pine Rural Fire District
  • A fire at High Lakes Towing and Recovery in La Pine did extensive damage, but no one was injured... not even a (potentially) imaginary cat.
On June 15, Bend Police say 32-year-old Joshua Seeley brandished a knife at a 7-Eleven store against store employee Marcos Contreras and several others. Cops say Contreras tried to diffuse the situation and escort Seeley out of the store before the officers arrived—but Seeley punched Contreras in the face, threatened to kill him multiple times and removed a knife from a hip holster, which was successfully wrestled from his grip by a bystander, police reported. Contreras was treated at the scene, and Seeley was transported to the Deschutes County Adult Jail on charges of second-degree assault, first-degree attempted assault, menacing, unlawful use of weapon and second-degree disorderly conduct.

About The Author

Cayla Clark

Cayla graduated from UCLA with a degree in playwriting, soon after realizing that playwriting is not a viable career option. Fortunately, this led her to journalism, and she is thrilled to be part of such a unique and fun-loving team. Upcoming local events? Send them her way!

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

 

Add a comment

More by Cayla Clark