Portage Township man used a sledge hammer to break the doors and windows of
the Portage City Hall’s vestibule early this morning, in an apparent bid to
get mental help, Portage Police said.
police, at 3:58 a.m. an officer patrolling the Downtown observed “all the
exterior glass windows and doors” of the city hall’s entry way “to be
shattered.” The damage had only just been inflicted, police said, “as small
pieces from around the doors’ frame were still falling,” and officers were
in the process of checking the interior for an intruder when a man driving a
red pickup truck pulled into the gas station next door to city hall and
approached officers on the scene.
“I know this may
sound crazy but I did it,” police quoted the man as saying. “I just need
help. I need to speak with a psychological doctor.”
officer confirmed that the man was not acting in anger “toward any specific
person or persons,” is not “currently having or has had any negative issues
involving the City of Portage,” and had not committed any further property
damage, police said.
In the man’s truck
a paring knife was found as well as a sledge hammer which the man said he
used to break the glass, police said.
The man was
transported to Porter Portage Hospital Campus, where he “admitted to being
diagnosed with severe depression” and “continually repeated he needs help,”
police said. When asked by a nurse whether he wanted to harm himself or
others, the man did say that he has suicidal thoughts and had been committed
in 2013, police said.
detention order was completed, police said. In the meantime, the man is
facing a possible charge of criminal mischief.