Hermiston Police Chief contacts health services after man allegedly smashes P.D. window

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HERMISTON, Ore. - The Hermiston Police Department is down one window after a man said he smashed it and asked police to arrest him.

Reports from HPD said Captain Scott Clark was sitting in his office at 5:45 p.m., January 10 when he heard a large crashing sound.

When Clark left his office he found a four-foot by nine-foot department window shattered and a man, 24-year-old Peyton Hobbs. Hobbs then asked Cpt. Clark to arrest him for what he had done.

He was taken to the Umatilla County Jail in Pendleton.

Hermiston Glass boarded the window up and informed police the cost to replace it is estimated to be between $1,000 and $2,000.

Chief of Police Jason Edmiston issued a press release in regards to this arrest, expressing frustration with the lack of mental health resources in Umatilla County.

Edmiston said Hobbs is known to the police department and believes the crime could have been avoided if mental health services were adequate.

Tonight when I came back to work, I had what I believe was a very heartfelt conversation with a family member of Mr. Hobbs when I called to explain what transpired. My intent was to let the family know in writing this; I am not targeting Peyton or the family, rather I am incredibly frustrated with the lack of accountability on display with certain social services. The family member I spoke with was very receptive, sad, and just as frustrated with the “system” as well because they know how kind and respectful Peyton is when on the medication he so desperately needs.

Health providers informed police that Hobbs would be evaluated at the jail.

Read Chief Edmiston's full statement at the HPD Facebook Page.

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