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Police responding to alarm arrest two men at Franklin High School

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Samuel Garcia, Matthew Miller, jail booking photos Samuel Garcia, Matthew Miller, jail booking photos

An alarm at Franklin High School led to the arrest of two men with warrants early Tuesday morning.

Police responded to the campus at 5405 S.E. Woodward Street at 1:03 a.m.

Franklin High School is not in use by students this year as it undergoes a major renovation.

When officers arrived, they located a man walking near the fence and tried to contact him, but he ran away.

After a short chase, officers took the man, identified as 21-year-old Matthew Miller, into custody.

The officers and K-9 Hunter then searched the area around the school, which has various pieces of construction equipment and materials spread throughout.

During the search, a man was found hiding in a pit next to a foundation. Police said he refused to comply with officers and had a knife on his waistband.

Officers requested additional resources to respond to the scene and launched a plan to take the man into custody with the least amount of force, according to a Portland Police Bureau release.

Samuel Garcia, 37, was eventually taken into custody.

Police said both men had warrants for their arrest. Garcia is also facing trespassing charges, while Miller will be charged in connection to the pursuit leading to his arrest.

Police said several arrests have been made at Franklin High School since construction began. Officers said it is a heavily patrolled area, but Portland police are asking for the public's help in reporting trespassers in the area, as well.

The new Franklin High School is scheduled to open in fall 2017.

Portland police originally misidentified Matthew Miller in a release, but later issued a correction. 

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