PORTLAND -- A man arrested after he struggled with police while naked last week will make his first appearance in court Monday.
Charles Freeman, 45, faces charges including escape in the second degree, resisting arrest, harassment, and public indecency.
In 1998, Freeman was convicted of killing his brother and sentenced to the state mental hospital. He was found guilty except for insanity in the murder case. But in 2005, an Oregon Supreme Court decision ruled substance abuse was a "personal disorder" and not a mental disease, leading to his release.
More recently, Freeman led police on a chase through the streets of Portland.
He was released from Portland Adventist Hospital Thursday after an altercation with Gresham Police the night before. He reportedly would not leave the grounds, and police said he was seen urinating in the bushes at the hospital.
Police said a naked Freeman then tried to commandeer an occupied van, and officers used a Taser on him that had little effect.
Three officers caught up to Freeman at the corner of SE 97th Avenue and SE Stark Street near the Interstate 205 on-ramp where they subdued him. He grabbed an officer’s leg and bit others in the course of the struggle, police said.
One of the officers struck Freeman so he would let go of another officer and they handcuffed him. Police said three officers suffered injuries and they are continuing their investigation.