PORTLAND HOMELESS CRISIS: Mother shocked to find woman, 54, in 10-yr-old son's bed
Lynn Zinser was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center, but later the charges were dropped
PORTLAND, OREGON: In a shocking incident, a Portland resident discovered a homeless woman in her 10-year-old son’s bed amongst the laundry. The woman knew something was wrong when she heard her dogs barking in a bedroom of her house.
According to the Daily Mail, Kelsey Smith, a resident of Northeast Portland, initially thought it was her husband taking part in a prank. To her shock, she found a woman, later identified as Lynn Zinser, underneath the pile of clothes on the bed on Tuesday, September 13. Zinser was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of housebreaking and harassment.
However, the 54-year-old woman was released soon after her arrest, and charges against her were dropped.
Portland is grappling with a homeless crisis, with tent cities having sprung up in many places.
Meanwhile, Kelsey's Ring cameras captured the entire encounter. She explained how she had left the entrance door open to enable contractors in who had been redecorating a rest room within the dwelling.
However, it was homeless Zinser who entered, uninvited. While speaking to Fox 12, Kelsey said, "The canines continued to go loopy, particularly my chihuahua, which was operating circles round my legs, which was actually uncommon. "
Kelsey continued, "“I followed her to where the other dog was into my children’s bedroom. My lab was standing on top of the bed on top of a pile of clean clothes that I had thrown on there. I walked in wondering if she had cornered a mouse or something because she was going crazy and I realized there was a person under there."
She thought it was her husband, so she called out his name. But after looking at the person again, she realized it was a stranger on her son’s bed.
Kelsey said, "I backed out of the room, speaking to my good friend on the telephone saying I wanted assist, that there was a homeless individual within the child’s mattress."
The homeless lady then picked up an ottoman and threw it straight at Kelsey, who added, "My 24-year-old son heard the commotion and got here operating upstairs, charging up the steps as a result of he knew one thing was unsuitable. He went straight out the door and into the road following her, calling 911."
Zinser was shortly arrested and charged. However, when Kelsey contacted the Multnomah County district attorney office, she was told Zinser’s charges had been dropped regardless of clear video proof of the crime.
This clearly upset Kelsey, who told Fox 12, "They said the charges have been dropped and that I can leave a message for the DA and he can call you back,” adding, “I haven’t heard anything and that was two days ago. I have to assume someone heard that message and nobody has gotten back to me. I don’t understand why she is not in jail. She’s not harmless. She proved that. She’s proved that from the stories that I’ve heard from other people.”