PPB arrests 2 for blocking East Precinct access

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two people were arrested by Portland police after being accused of blocking the driveway to the East Precinct in Southeast Portland Tuesday night.

Robert Lee West, 51, and 38-year-old Sarabeth Rachel Long were taken into custody around 9:45 p.m., police said. West and Long were allegedly with other people standing in the driveway at the East Precinct and filming officers as they came in during a shift change.

Though the others left when police said they may face arrest for blocking the access, West and Long stayed. When officers came to arrest them, they took off in a car and were stopped at SE 102nd and Washington.

They were arrested without incident, police said.

West is a convicted sex offender with numerous arrests, police told KOIN 6 News.

Their arrest comes two days after Portland officers arrested Eric Crowl, who had been spotted for months filming PPB members coming and going from the East Precinct. Crowl allegedly had a cache of weapons in his car and home.

However, PPB Sgt. Pete Simpson said the arrests of West and Long are “not remotely” connected to Crowl’s arrest.

Police also said filming officers is, by itself, not a crime. Blocking access or trespassing is a crime.

West and Long faced 2nd-degree disorderly conduct charges, but police opted not to charge them at this time.

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