Friday, November 25, 2011
For a second time in two weeks, Paul Lawayne Loyd, 47, a transient now living in Hood River, has been arrested and lodged at NORCOR for aggressive acts.
Loyd was arrested again Nov. 12 on charges of criminal mischief, and disorderly conduct, following his previous arrest Nov. 3 and subsequent release.
Lodged at NORCOR again, Loyd was arrested most recently for an incident at the Red Carpet Inn in which he damaged property, spit at people and returned to the bar after being thrown out. His arrest followed additional incidents at a Country Club Road property where Loyd had been reported for harassing both horses and female neighbors.
Loyd's case was set to be heard Nov. 17 at 11 a.m., but was canceled by his attorney, Brian Starns, about one hour before the appointment. The new hearing is set for 11 a.m. Nov. 23. Loyd's bail is set at $500 and as of press time, he remained at NORCOR.
But Loyd also has more serious charges following him into town.
According to a Times-News report from Twin Falls, Idaho, on Sept. 11, Loyd was charged with rape of "a Twin Falls woman, then bragged he wouldn't be punished for it has been charged with one count of felony rape."
The incident is reported to have occurred inside the woman's home where he allegedly "threatened her with a rusty knife."
The article went on to say that "according to court records, Loyd was bicycling past the woman's house when he stopped and started a conversation with her which began at about 11 a.m. Later, the woman entered her home to use the bathroom. When she left the bathroom, she reportedly encountered Loyd inside the house. He allegedly grabbed her by her hair and held her" during the alleged rape.
The rape charges in Twin Falls were dropped on Oct. 13 by the county district attorney, but details on that decision were not available at press time.
Loyd's Hood River Nov. 3 charges stemmed from two separate reported incidents occurring in the area of the DMV at the marina in which Loyd harassed and threatened an adult man and, later, a woman with children in her car.
Loyd rammed the woman's car with his bicycle during that incident. He then fled the scene but was later arrested by OSP Trooper Brent and HRPD Officer Don Cheli.
Again, the Nov. 3 arrest followed reports of harassing horses and women in the area of Country Club Road.
According to neighbors Cathy Frazier and Kristine Wilhelm who live near Country Club Road and Post Canyon Road, Loyd has been in their area on several occasions exhibiting threatening behavior including luring horses, entering horse pastures and trespassing at their residences.
"We shouldn't have to be afraid to feed our horses," said Frazier. "He seems to be escalating his behavior."
"We need to let people know about Loyd. We are worried about the safety of our community," said Wilhelm.
According to Cheli, Loyd has a long list of prior arrests and convictions, spanning multiple states.
According to the Times-News report, among Loyd's convictions are no-contest pleas to inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant in 2002 and exhibiting a deadly weapon other than a firearm in 2006, according to Kern County, Calif., court records.
Loyd is 5 feet 9 inches and 160 pounds, with brown short hair and some facial hair. He carries his possessions with him and has a silver bicycle.
Cheli advises that residents "do not try to interact with Loyd."
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