Pot grow, 29 dogs found at Portland standoff site

Credit: KGW Reporter Ashley Korslien

Pot grow, 29 dogs found at Portland standoff site


by KGW Staff

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Posted on September 25, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 9:29 PM

PORTLAND – Police returning Wednesday to the scene of a Tuesday evening standoff found a marijuana grow at the home, as well as about 29 Chihuahuas living in filthy conditions.

The six-hour standoff started Tuesday evening. Police found a teenage boy with multiple stab wounds lying on the sidewalk near Southeast Tibbetts Street and Southeast 26th Avenue just before 5 p.m.

Investigators said officers traced the victim to a house in the 3100 block of Southeast 26th Avenue. They tried to make contact with the man inside, later identified as 48-year-old Gerald Mathews.

Mathew refused to come out of the house, and police said, they believed he was armed.

They evacuated some nearby homes and called in a tactical team. Mathews (pictured, left) surrendered around 11:30 p.m.

Mathews' sister, Julie Mathews, said her brother was merely defending himself after finding the teenager in his house.

"He pulled a pocket knife out of his pocket, a little tiny one and he slashed my borther's hand," Mathews said.

Detectives continue to work the case.

Wednesday morning officers returned to the home and found 150 marijuana plants growing inside and outside. They also found about 29 Chihuahuas living in filthy conditions inside and called Multnomah County Animal Control to recover the dogs.

On Wednesday morning, the dogs were taken away and appeared to be in good health. Mathhews had a breeder's permit.

Police said Mathews had a marijuana grow card but that the property was out of compliance.


KGW Reporter Ashley Korslien contributed to this report.