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Police: Man arrested after damaging vehicles, licking man on the face

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Matthew Medlin, latest jail booking photo Matthew Medlin, latest jail booking photo
Damage to a parked car, foot print on the hood of a police car and damage the police car roof. (Courtesy of the Portland Police Bureau) Damage to a parked car, foot print on the hood of a police car and damage the police car roof. (Courtesy of the Portland Police Bureau)
Matthew Medlin, jail booking photo from Jan. 2016. Matthew Medlin, jail booking photo from Jan. 2016.
Matthew Medlin, prior jail booking photos dating back to 2002. Matthew Medlin, prior jail booking photos dating back to 2002.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A 32-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after he damaged vehicles, tried to bite officers and licked a man on the face, according to police.

Officers responded to the area of Southeast 9th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard after getting reports about a man assaulting a woman in that area.

When officers arrived, they found the man, who jumped on the police car, damaging it, then climbed a tree and ran into a restaurant.

Police said employees got the man to leave the kitchen and police were able to take the man into custody after a short struggle.

According to police, the suspect, Matthew Joseph Medlin, tried to bite one of the officers during the arrest.

Medlin had to be sedated by medical personnel. He was taken to a Portland hospital for an evaluation of drug intoxication.

After the arrest, officers learned Medlin had damaged three other vehicles and attacked a man and licked his face.

Medlin was released from the hospital and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of burglary, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, attempted assault of a public safety officer, disorderly conduct and harassment.

Medlin is a sex offender with a long criminal history. He escaped from prison in 2014 and was caught nine hours later at a restaurant in north Portland. Earlier this year, Medlin was arrested after injecting himself with meth during a standoff in a rail car with law enforcement that lasted for four hours, according to police. 

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