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Trail of trouble ends with arrest in Hood River

November 5, 2011

Most homeless individuals are simply looking for a warm bed and a good meal until a new job comes along to turn things around. That profile, however, did not seem to fit Paul Lawayne Loyd, 47, on Nov. 3.

According to Hood River City Police Officer Don Cheli, beginning around 4 a.m., Loyd, in a state of intoxication, started to gain the attention of local residents and law enforcement officers. Loyd indicated that he is homeless.

Dressed in camo pants and a blue sweatshirt, Loyd was arrested by 3 p.m. later in the day, having had four separate interactions with officers as he traversed Hood River on his silver bicycle, first causing concern and later, real trouble.

Now lodged at NORCOR and pending a scheduled court appearance on Nov. 4, Loyd is charged with two counts of harassment, two counts of criminal mischief and two counts of disorderly conduct following interactions with two residents mid-day on Nov. 3. He was arrested at the Best Western Hood River Inn parking lot.

The charges stem from two criminal incidents occurring in the area of the DMV at the marina.

According to Cheli, around 2:30 p.m., Loyd first approached Hood River's Melvin Cordie as he walked to his car. Loyd began walking beside Cordie and talking loudly. Cordie asked Loyd to leave. Loyd became enraged and then sprayed Cordie in the back with an aerosol can spray.

Witnessing the interaction as she walked to her own car, Hood River resident Stephanie Barbieri, who had her children in tow, told Loyd to stop bothering Cordie.

Loyd then turned his aggression against Barbieri, said Cheli. Barbieri locked herself in her car with her children and phoned 9-1-1 as Loyd rammed her car with his bicycle.

Loyd then fled the scene.

OSP Trooper Brent Ochesky arrived in the area first following Barbieri's emergency call and began to look for Loyd. He spotted his bicycle parked outside of the Hood River Inn.

Ochesky then saw Loyd exiting the Inn's double sliding doors and successfully handcuffed him. Cheli arrived minutes later, making the formal arrest and charges. Sheriff's department officers also responded as back-up.

Cheli asked Loyd what he sprayed Cordie with and he replied that it was Axe body spray. He went on to tell Cheli, "He asked for it."

Loyd was found with a pocketknife in his possession and Cheli indicated that he appeared intoxicated. Loyd admitted to Cheli that he had been drinking "all day."

Prior to the alleged commission of the crimes, Loyd had been seen behaving erratically around 4 a.m. along Cascade Ave. and later, around 7 a.m. in the Safeway parking lot.

The third call on Loyd came in around noon as he removed his shirt and charged a vehicle while near the intersection of Frankton and Country Club roads.

According to Cheli, Loyd has a long list of prior arrests and convictions, spanning multiple states. Loyd told Cheli that he came to Oregon by bicycle from California and was on his way to Cascade Locks.

Loyd is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds, with short brown hair and some facial hair. He is carrying his possessions with him and has a silver bicycle.

Cheli advises that residents "do not try to interact with Loyd," if he is released on bail.

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