BEND, OR -- A Bend man, who told people at the Old Mill he was stabbed yesterday morning, ended up in jail by the afternoon. The first reports of a man "running around" the area of the Old Mill District reporting he was stabbed came in just before 8 a.m. Bend Police caught up with 30-year-old Christopher Van Wambeke Ward at the roundabout at Reed Market and Bond, where they discovered he had a self-inflicted leg wound; he was taken to the hospital for evaluation.
Ward ran out of St. Charles and allegedly stole a work van, drove through a construction fence and damaged several other vehicles. Police say he also damaged a church on SE 27th Street, nearly hit a police officer with the van and tried to steal a second car on American Loop. He was eventually arrested inside a third vehicle near 6th and Reed Market, at about 12:45 p.m.
Ward was transported back to St. Charles for evaluation and then taken to jail at 4:30 p.m., where he faces a list of charges, including Attempted Assault on a Public Safety Officer, Reckless Driving, Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle and Attempt to Elude.
Silver Rail Elementary was placed in a brief Lockout during the police activity.