Woman jailed for Pioneer Courthouse Square bomb scare

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Deborah L. Uhl was booked on charges of false report, trespass and disorderly conduct

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A woman was arrested after causing a disturbance at Pioneer Courthouse Square Wednesday evening.

Portland police said 44-year-old Deborah L. Uhl was making threats inside the Chase Bank. The manager called 911.

Four Chase customers and 7 employees were evacuated.

“These employees and the manager did a really good job in this really threatening instance,” said PPB Lt. Tina Jones.

Pioneer Courthouse Square was evacuated and a bomb squad called in, July 31, 2019 (KOIN)

Officers also evacuated Pioneer Courthouse Square and blocked off surrounding streets.

Police did not find any explosives and are looking into whether the woman was having a mental health crisis.

The Metropolitan Explosive Disposal Unit, the Special Emergency Reaction Team and the Crisis Negotiation Team all responded to the situation in the 800 block of Southwest 6th Avenue, Portland Police said.

All MAX lines were affected, TriMet said.

“This is just one person who’s put all these lives in chaos over who-knows-what,” said witness Pat Kimbrough.

Uhl was arrested about 1.5 hours after the lockdown began. She was booked at Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of false report, trespass and disorderly conduct.

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