Man jailed for repeated 911 calls to complain about homeless

Justin Mark Fay, March 30, 2016 (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A 33-year-old man called 911 dispatchers a total of 7 times in 10 minutes to complain about the mayor and the city’s homeless situation, according to court documents.

Justin Mark Fay is charged with one count of improper use of an emergency reporting system, 2nd-degree criminal mischief and unlawful possession of a short-barreled rifle.

Officers responded to Fay’s residence on Tuesday after emergency dispatchers received the seven 911 calls, according to court documents. The dispatcher gave Fay the non-emergency number but he continued to call.

Two Portland police officers knocked on Fay’s door and he walked down the stairs “carrying an AR-15 style assault rifle,” according to prosecutors. Officers were able to “take control” of the rifle and arrested Fay. When they checked the rifle, they determined it was loaded with a 30 round magazine, according to court documents. The safety was in the “fire” position.

“Defendant asserted that he had several more weapons inside the house and told (the officer) that he wanted to go back inside so he could go get another gun and kill (the officer),” deputy district attorney Chris Shull wrote in court filings.

The barrel of the rifle was determined to be 8 inches, which is “significantly” shorter than the minimum 16-inch barrel length allowed under Oregon law.

During Fry’s car ride to the Multnomah County Detention Center, Fry kicked on the roof, divider, and left rear window of the patrol car, records show. The window eventually broke.

Fry appeared in court on Wednesday. He remains in the Multnomah County Detention Center.

According to court records, it appeared alcohol may have played a factor in Fry’s behavior. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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