PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A wild Halloween party left a rental apartment in shambles and a teenager in police custody.
Neighbors told KOIN 6 News teens broke into the apartment near NE 45th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard. The neighbors said more and more people arrived until the party was spilling onto the roof and into the street. They said some teens were throwing and breaking bottles.
“There was probably at least 100 people,” said neighbor Brett Roberts. “There were a lot of costumes, a lot of people drinking. You can see there’s glass all up and down the street.”
Roberts wasn’t sure how the partiers found out about the vacant apartment.
“I don’t know how they found the place or why they found it but it’s not the first time they’ve been there I think,” he said.
In the early morning hours of Friday, Nov. 1, Portland police received a report that a person had been shot in the 1900 block of NE 48th Avenue.
But when officers arrived, they didn’t find anyone who had been hurt. Instead, they found between 100-150 partiers who scattered as soon as officers entered the apartment to look for evidence of a shooting.
Authorities said they weren’t able to find the property’s owner at the time. Neighbor Riley Stokes said the partiers hadn’t rented the unit.
“I heard that they just literally smashed the door and made their way in,” he said. “I heard that they destroyed the inside of the house from smoking inside to just smashing everything to stealing furniture.”
But according to neighbors, the teens weren’t done having their fun.
Officers returned Friday night on a report of vandalism. The manager of the property reported arriving at the apartment and finding serious damage as well as several people on the back deck.
Police said the people on the deck left before officers arrived but one of them returned. Isaiah Maza, 18, was arrested on a charge of criminal trespass.
Later that same night, people started showing up again — apparently for another party.
“I saw a lot of the kids reappearing later at night around 8 or 9 p.m. for the second half of the party that was apparently planned for Friday night,” said Stokes.
Roberts said there was even a sign in front of the apartment saying the party that night had been canceled.
“The cops showed up eventually and then there was a line of low-rider type cars all up and down the street waiting to party, it was weird,” Roberts said.
The Portland Police Bureau said an investigation is underway to figure out who is responsible for the vandalism.
KOIN 6 News has reached out to a property owner but has not yet received a reply.
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