Man with homemade bomb arrested at Portland hotel, records show

A 27-year-old man was arrested earlier this month after he was found with a homemade bomb in the bathroom of a Jantzen Beach hotel, according to records.

Tyler Scott Whitney, is charged with illegal possession of a destructive device. Court records do not say why he had the bomb or if he intended to use it.

An officer first contacted Whitney on April 5, when he was called to the Red Lion Hotel on the River over a report of someone refusing to leave a hotel bathroom, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

The officer found a man, since identified as Whitney, locked in a ladies’ washroom, records show. Whitney allegedly provided an Alaskan ID card and the officer finally told her to leave.

But the officer looked at the ID and found it didn’t match Whitney’s description, so he tracked him down – this time finding him in a bathroom at a nearby Oxford Suites.

The officer confronted Whitney about the identification, and Whitney said he provided it in order to avoid detection of a warrant, according to the affidavit.

The officer arrested Whitney and found needles in her backpack, records show. And in an effort to avoid being injured by uncapped needles, the officer threw the contents of the backpack on the ground.

A heavy object, which appeared to be a homemade bomb, fell to the ground.

The officer put duct tape around the bomb to prevent anyone from approaching, and a bomb squad eventually grabbed it.

Whitney, being held at the Multnomah County Detention Center, is also accused of providing false information to a peace officer as part of a subpoena or warrant.

The warrant appears to be linked to a possession of heroin from 2019 and a felon with a gun conviction.

– Jim Ryan; jryan@oregonian.com; 503-221-8005; @ Jimryan015

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