Area Briefs, Public Safety

Armed suspect caught after public threats

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he threatened bystanders at a Springfield hotel, SPD officials said in a news release.

Around 4:20 p.m, SPD was dispatched to the Guest House Inn and Suites at 3350 Gateway regarding an armed, disorderly individual.

The suspect, identified as 30-year-old Vaea John Leata of Eugene, was reportedly threatening people with a firearm and bear mace as he was walking the halls of the hotel trying to enter occupied hotel rooms, the report stated.

At one point, Leata made inappropriate comments . . .