PPB: Woman wielding lighter chases kids from bus stop

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Officers were called out to the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A woman was accused of chasing children from their bus stop with a barbecue-style lighter Friday morning.

Portland police officers were called out to the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood just before 8 a.m., on a report of a woman chasing middle-school-aged children away from their bus stop near SE 122nd Avenue and SW Boise Street.

When officers saw the suspect, they attempted to talk to her. She tried to run but was quickly arrested. They also found her with a lighter.

Police spoke with some students about the incident, but believe there were others who ran away before they arrived.

The suspect was identified as Maryann Vernieri , 31, of Portland. She was booked into jail on a disorderly conduct charge.

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