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Police: She thought the security guard was a cop, so she chased him down with a machete.

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SEATTLE, WA – While the CHOP/CHAZ fiasco is long-gone, the remnants of the criminal element in the area still remains, as evidenced from a machete attack lodged against a security guard on September 8th within the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

The attack happened at approximately 11:20 p.m. that evening, while 50-year-old Wade Biller was patrolling around the 1600 block of 12th Avenue not far from the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct building.

A 32-year-old woman, later identified as Ernanda Bendtsen, was said to have started yelling at Biller while she was seated inside of a vehicle.

Witnesses say that Bendtsen then exited the vehicle and came up to Biller while holding a Nerf-styled toy gun and was asking Biller if he was a cop. Biller reportedly just brushed off the encounter and started to walk away from Bendtsen.

That’s when witnesses allege that Bendtsen returned to the vehicle and retrieved a machete and then started walking toward Biller. The victim tried to get away from Bendtsen by trying to enter a nearby apartment building while holding the door closed.

Bendtsen was said to have tried forcing her way into the building and slashed Biller with the machete twice on his arm. The suspect then drove away after allegedly slicing the victim’s arm ad police eventually caught up with her at a gas station not far from the attack and arrested her under suspicion of second-degree assault.

Biller spoke out about the attack lodged against him, noting that he’s suffered both tendon and nerve damage:

“There is like a layer of skin going everywhere.”

He spoke about how with the increases in crime, locals are getting concerned that police in the area are getting overly inundated with service calls – which Biller worries could reflect in general response times:

“If something does happen, you may not get a response from 911 still.”

Robert Flagg, a neighbor of Biller’s, was instrumental in helping identify his attacker in the case.

Flagg has no issues in helping identify perpetrators, but thinks that other locals may be too scared to cooperate with police on pointing out those responsible for crime in the area:

“Until then, I think it’s going to be like it is.”

The manner in which Biller described the current status of Seattle, it’s essentially every man for himself:

“We are fending for ourselves. So we’re really just wanting to build that circle of trust and let people know we can make this better if we join together.”

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Well, after doing some digging, this journalist managed to dig up quite a bit of background details on Bendtsen. And, to be quite frank, the transition this woman went through (as evidenced from her personal Facebook photos) in her physical appearance…intriguing.

Police: She thought the security guard was a cop, so she chased him down with a machete.
Bendtsen before and after – FB screenshot

Apparently, Bendtsen was once a physical fitness spokesperson for BPI Sports Fitness back in 2016 – and was even featured in one of their online workout videos here.

Police: She thought the security guard was a cop, so she chased him down with a machete.
Here’s Ernanda Bendtsen in February of 2016 when she was a spokesperson for BPI Sports Fitness – YouTube screenshot

Flash forward to today, and the moniker she once held (Body by Ernanda) has become her new personality which is Ernanda Indigo.

On her Facebook feed, there are series of bizarre rants on video of her complaining about some auto parts dealer where she’s threatening to sue them for “ruining” her life. Her face, hands, neck and more has since been adorned in tattoos following her fitness model days.

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Police: She thought the security guard was a cop, so she chased him down with a machete.
Here’s Ernanda Bendtsen in August of 2020 while outside complaining about an auto parts service center – FB Screenshot

Well, Bendtsen can now add an arrest record to her repertoire of accomplishments – although that’s nothing to write home about (unless you’re in jail, then you’re actually writing home about everything).   Then, of course, you’ve got Portland:

PORTLAND, OR — The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office has released the mugshots of several people arrested this past week during the ongoing riots in the city’s downtown area.

Breitbart reported that activists threw objects at officers, blocked vehicular traffic and vandalized property. On Sept. 10, Mayor Ted Wheeler issued a directive to the Portland Police Bureau demanding it end the use of CS gas for crowd control.

In a press release directed to members of the media, Wheeler said:

“It’s time for everyone to reduce the violence in our community. We all want change. We all have the opportunity and obligation to create change.

“We all want to focus on the fundamental issue at hand – justice for Black people and all people of color.

“That’s why, as Police Commissioner, effective immediately and until further notice, I am directing the Portland Police to end the use of CS gas for crowd control.

“I commend the work that the Oregon State Legislature and Joint Committee on Transparent Policing and Use of Force Reform have done to date to convene experts to evaluate the use of gas and what safer alternatives may exist that prevent the need for greater force.

“I commit the City of Portland to full participation in these reforms and encourage the Legislature to take up this issue as soon as possible.

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“During the last hundred days Portland, Multnomah County and State Police have all relied on CS gas where there is a threat to life safety.

“We need something different. We need it now.

“Arson, vandalism, and violence are not going to drive change in this community. I expect the police to arrest people who engage in criminal acts. I expect the District Attorney to prosecute those who commit criminal acts. And I expect the rest of the criminal justice system to hold those individuals accountable.

“We must stand together as a community against violence and for progress.
I call on everyone to step up and tamp down the violence. I’m acting. It’s time for others to join me.”

The Portland Police Bureau posted a statement on Facebook saying that the department needs tools to protect the community and themselves during the riots. In part, the statement said:

“Since May 29, 2020, Portland Police and partner agencies have been subjected to repeated violence by a group of motivated and well-organized individuals. These individuals have stated they intend to kill or injure officers and destroy occupied buildings and dwellings.

“Threats to commit acts of violence have been scrawled on police facilities and other property. Crowds have chanted slogans about burning down buildings on their way to attempt to do that.

“Rioters lit County offices on fire in a building which houses hundreds of inmates and public employees, as well as the Portland Police Central Precinct. Rioters barricaded doors shut at North Precinct and East Precinct and attempted to light the building on fire with employees and civilians inside.

“Officers have been attacked with rocks, glass bottles, frozen water bottles, lasers capable of causing permanent eye damage, ball bearings and sharp objects launched from slingshots, paint balloons (to render their face shields useless) as well as fire bombs, large fireworks, and other items.

“Police officers have not been the only ones whose safety has been threatened during civil unrest in the city. Numerous community members have been assaulted, one person has been murdered, firearms have been discharged, and neighborhoods such as Kenton have been endangered by fires set in the streets and at the Portland Police Association office.

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“Neighbors have been threatened and intimidated by people engaged in the nightly violence. Businesses have suffered losses from arson, vandalism and mass theft.

“CS gas is a tool which has been used sparingly in the last 104 nights. We want to clear up a misconception that it is being used as crowd control. It is not. It is being used to disperse crowds only when there is a life safety event.

“Most recently, it was used to disperse a crowd from which a Molotov cocktail was thrown at officers and ended up injuring a community member who was on fire. We understand that this gas seeped into nearby homes and that is not something we desire.

“However, the community should be asking the rioters why they are committing violence that threatens the very lives of others nearby. When people gather lawfully, peacefully, there is no need for intervention by police, much less the use of CS gas.”

The statement further said that banning the lawful use of CS will make it very difficult to address violence without resorting to much higher levels of physical force, with a correspondingly elevated risk of serious injury to members of the public and officers:

“CS, while effective, is a significantly lower level of force than impact weapons, which would very likely be necessary to disperse riotous groups with its prohibition. We do not want to use gas. We do not want to use any force.

“There remains an expectation that police will make arrests for crimes committed in civil disturbance events. The inability to use CS means this task will require higher levels of force to accomplish.”

The Bureau also made it clear that it needs all kinds of tools to effectively respond to violent people:

“Lately, it seems more tools have been taken away than added. There has been mention of research into alternative methods that may prevent the need for greater force.

“The Police Bureau is in favor of research, but research takes time. Removing tools without well vetted alternatives, with policies and training in place prior to their use, places police and community members at risk.

“No one has presented a solution of how officers can stop a rioting group who are threatening the lives of those present, especially given that in most of these cases, officers are clearly outnumbered, sometimes by hundreds.

“Arson, vandalism, and violence are not going to drive change in this community. A Police Bureau without the necessary tools to protect its own members, or the community it serves, will not successfully help create the space for real change agents to do the hard work they hope to accomplish.”

Journalist Andy Ngo has been reporting on Antifa, Black Lives Matter and the riots, which have continued for over 100 days. He frequently posts mugshots of the arrestees, and some are serial offenders. Many arrestees are also released without bail.

Here is the latest batch of arrestees, who should be presumed innocent until proven guilty. Some mugshots depict facial markings, which may or may not be significant.

Misty Dawn Poole-Bohannon was arrested and booked on Sept. 10 for trespassing and interfering with public transportation.

 

It appears that Poole-Bohannon has been arrested several times before.

On Sept. 6, Poole-Bohannon was arrested and booked into Marion County Jail in Salem on criminal trespassing charges, according to Crime Informer. Her mugshot shows partial markings on the face.

On Jan. 26, Poole-Bohannon was arrested and booked into Marion County Jail on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, according to Oregon Crime News.

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On Jan. 8, Poole-Bohannon was arrested and booked into Marion County Jail on charges of theft and disorderly conduct, according to Crime Informer. Her mugshot shows half of her face painted black.

Oregon Crime News reported that a Misty Dawn Poole-Bohannon was arrested and booked into Marion County Jail on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest on Aug. 17, 2019.

Andrew R. Duran, 18, was among 11 individuals arrested during the Sept. 8 and 9 riots. He was charged on Sept. 9 with interference with a peace officer and resisting arrest. Duran was bailed out.

 

Peter Curtis, 40, has been arrested and booked several times this year. On Sept. 9, he was arrested and booked on charges of disorderly conduct, interference with a peace officer and resisting arrest. He was released on the same day.

 

Curtis is also known as Tabitha Poppins and drums for rioters.

 

Tracy Lynn Molina, 47, was arrested and booked on Sept. 8 on charges of disorderly conduct, interference with a peace officer and resisting arrest. She was released on her own recognizance.

 

 

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