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Fern Hill man allegedly chased woman with chainsaw in Westport home

Knapp, 56, charged with attempted murder
By Jack Heffernan

The Daily Astorian

Published on May 17, 2018 9:59AM

Last changed on May 17, 2018 10:24AM

Loren Shaun Knapp

Loren Shaun Knapp

A Fern Hill man has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly walking into a Westport woman’s house and chasing her with a chainsaw.

Loren Shaun Knapp, 56, allegedly entered the woman’s home on the 91710 block of Taylorville Road about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and started the chainsaw. He then allegedly chased her around the home, said he was going to kill her and sawed a bedroom door, couch and kitchen cabinet.

The woman said she had never met Knapp and feared for her life, according to an affidavit. A Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office deputy estimated the damage to the house at $650.

Deputies later arrested Knapp near the home.

Knapp has been charged with attempt to commit murder, attempt to commit a class A felony, first-degree burglary, unlawful use of a weapon and first-degree criminal mischief.

Bail has been set at $500,000 in the case. An arraignment is scheduled for next week.

Knapp has been arrested in Clatsop County more than 25 times — including for charges of burglary, criminal mischief, menacing, assault, animal abuse and stalking.


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