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Gary Barker booked for assault, escape after allegedly hitting man with two-by-four on 4th Avenue.

MCSO PHOTO - Gary BarkerA man is behind bars after Portland police say he attacked another man with two-by-four boards with screws "pointing out."

The incident began Saturday, May 11 around 1:46 p.m. after an alleged victim reported that he had been attacked near the corner of Northwest 4th Avenue and Hoyt Street.

The man told police he had been hit in the head with two boards screwed together, according to a news release. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say they soon received reports that a man was walking southbound while "hitting cars and threatening people with the boards."

Police say they located the man near 5th Avenue and Couch Street, where he allegedly threatened the officers and threw a glass bottle at one, who was struck but not injured.

PPB PHOTO  - Police say these two-by-four boards were used during an assault. Police arrested Gary Martineus Barker, 60, on charges of second-degree assault, second-degree attempted assault, unlawful use of a weapon, third-degree escape, interfering with police, second-degree disorderly conduct and second-degree criminal mischief.

Barker, who has been living in a downtown shelter, was arrested for trespass and disorderly conduct earlier this month. He remains incarcerated at the downtown jail at this time.

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