BEND, OR -- A Portland man believed to have been planning a violent attack on rock climbers was arrested in Deschutes County Thursday. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Portland Police contacted local detectives after learning of 39-year-old Samson Garner’s plans. Several days later, deputies found him in Central Oregon and took him into custody, with the help of SWAT.
They say a search of his car turned up evidence of his plans, including several firearms. DCSO thanked Portland Police for the information, "Likely preventing a major incident in Deschutes County. Detectives have determined there is no continued threat as Garner is now in custody and, at this time the investigation indicates that Garner was acting alone." Garner is being held on $10 million bail on a list of charges, including Attempted Murder and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Arraignment on his indictment is scheduled for October 27th.
His arrest came one day before climbers converged on Smith Rock for the Craggin’ Classic, this past weekend.