Man appears in court in high school trespass case

By Jessica Prokop, Columbian Courts Reporter



A transient man who allegedly walked into Columbia River High School on Wednesday, prompting a brief lockdown, had shut himself in a bathroom stall with a can of beer, court records state.

Jasen N. Davis, 43, appeared Thursday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of second-degree criminal trespass and possession of methamphetamine and, in a separate incident, first-degree robbery and displaying a weapon, court documents show.

School resource officers and district security staff responded to a report of a transient man who walked into the school, 800 N.W. 99th St., and went into a boys restroom near the school’s entrance at about 9:30 a.m., according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Davis left the stall when contacted by officers and was detained. After checking his name through dispatch, officers learned he was wanted on a robbery allegation, a probable cause affidavit filed in the case states. The sheriff’s office said he didn’t interact with any students or non-security staff.

Davis told police he didn’t know he couldn’t be in the school with beer, the affidavit said.

While searching him, officers found a glass pipe in Davis’ jacket pocket that field-tested positive for methamphetamine. And while being booked into the Clark County Jail, they also found a small amount of suspected methamphetamine in his pants pocket, according to court documents.

A separate probable cause affidavit says that on Saturday Davis approached a resident at the Bridge Creek Apartments, 9211 N.E. 15th Ave., and insisted he had his cellphone. The man denied having Davis’ phone, but Davis pulled out a knife and demanded he return the phone. The victim ran away, and neighbors chased Davis off.

The victim told officers he doesn’t know Davis but had given him a cigarette about 30 minutes before the incident, court records said.

On Thursday, Judge Scott Collier set Davis’ bail at $75,000. He will be arraigned June 1.