Early yesterday morning, Bend police department were dispatched to a domestic disturbance call in an apartment complex on Northwest Riverside Boulevard. The report came from a neighbor who heard a physical altercation occurring in the nearby apartment and upon the arrival of the police they found that there had indeed been a quarrel.
The suspect, John Spriggs, was an invited guest to the apartment by the two women who reside there, but had been asked to leave after exhibiting inappropriate behavior. Spriggs refused to do so and began destroying property and assaulting the residents, which forced the pair into the bathroom where they locked themselves in while Spriggs continued to wreck the apartment. Spriggs eventually left the apartment only to break into another apartment where he woke the sleeping residents demanding they return his property, reportedly a simple hoodie.
“Guy came in and busted out the trim, and you can see it here — I mean, this (piece of trim) was halfway across into our living room. He came in with some force, for sure.”
-Calvin Rich, resident of the apartment which Spriggs broke into
Responding officers discovered Spriggs in the neighborhood having left the scene of the crime and subsequently took him into custody. Spriggs was sent to Deschuttes County Jail where a $55,000 bail was posted for two accounts of first-degree burglary and fourth-degree assault. Police also believe that consumption of alcohol was involved in this incident.
In early February, a marijuana company Oregrown had announced a sponsorship with Spriggs noting his achievements as a professional skier. This was allegedly the first sponsorship of a pro-athlete by an Oregon marijuana company. Now, since Spriggs was involved in this incident, Oregrown has decided to drop their partnership with the skier.
“We are extremely troubled by these charges. Immediately upon learning the news, we canceled our sponsorship of John Spriggs. Oregrown expects all of our athletes to exhibit responsible and respectful behavior on and off the mountain at all times.”
–Representative for Oregrown marijuana company
It is unfortunate to hear of these incidents, but as a professional athlete and mountain ambassador it is unacceptable behavior and the punishment fits the crime.