Couple that ordered Starbucks evacuated same couple in Jantzen Beach Safeway incident

Man in custody after Starbucks incident in SE Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A Starbucks store in Southeast Portland was evacuated Saturday morning due to a couple in a mental health crisis, police said.  

According to Sgt. Pete Simpson with Portland police, a man and woman entered Starbucks at Southeast Milwaukie Avenue and Bybee Boulevard at 10:39 a.m. The man ordered everyone leave "before anything bad happened." The store was evacuated and the couple was taken into custody at 11:11 a.m. 

Simpson later identified the couple as Rodney Allen Smith, 48, and Lisa Grier, also 48. The pair was involved in a similar incident at Safeway on Jantzen Beach on Feb. 3. 

Background: Safeway at Jantzen Beach evacuated 

Smith and Grier were taken to the Multnomah County Jail on coercion charges. Smith was also booked on theft charges.  

A Starbucks employee told KGW the couple was not armed. No one was physically hurt and the store re-opened at 2 p.m. 

Police said help is available for people suffering mental health crises or suicidal thoughts. The Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center is available 24 hours a day at 503-988-4888.  

 

 

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