Two people will appear in Washington County Circuit Court on charges of
disorderly conduct after an alleged practical joke attempt involving toy
guns and Islamic slogans.
Jessica Mae Alsteen, 20, of Portland, and Alexander Michael Pearson, 25, of
Vancouver, Wash., turned themselves in Monday night to the Hillsboro Police
Department’s Tanasbourne precinct.
Officers cited them for an incident that occurred Sept. 21 outside the
General Motors call center near Hillsboro Stadium.
According to reports, security guards saw Alsteen and Pearson in the
parking lot dressed in Middle Eastern clothing and holding handguns. The
guards locked the building down and called police, who ordered the two to
the ground when they arrived.
Alsteen and Pearson reportedly told police they were planning to play a
practical joke on Alsteen’s boyfriend, who worked at the center. They
planned to simulate firing the guns in the air while chanting “Praise be to
Allah” and other Islamic messages..