Man arrested after making threats to Catholic church in Eugene

Eugene Police made a public appeal for help Friday to identify the man. Anyone with information on his identity is asked to call (541) 682-5111. (EPD)

EUGENE, Ore. - UPDATE: A man was arrested in Eugene after a person who saw coverage of the suspect reported his whereabouts to the Eugene Police.

The suspect was reported to be in the cafe area of the Eugene Library, where he was taken into custody without incident.

The man has been identified as Benjamin Jaramillo Hernandez, 69, and he has been charged with Intimidation in the Second Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, and two counts of Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree.

ORIGINAL RELEASE:

A man left a threatening note with bullets at a Catholic church in downtown Eugene on Wednesday, Eugene Police said.

On September 14, the same man discharged pepper spray through the mail slot at the church, police said.

Both incidents happened at St. Mary Catholic Church, 1062 Charnelton, in Eugene, where the man has reportedly been harassing church clergy and staff for the past few weeks, police said.

Eugene Police made a public appeal for help Friday to identify the man.

Anyone with information on his identity is asked to call (541) 682-5111.

The suspect is a white male in his 60s, about 5-foot-10 to 6-feet tall and 170 to 180 pounds with gray, silver or white hair and some facial hair.

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