Multnomah County DA files charges in ‘pipe bomb’ investigation

March 09, 2021

Multnomah County DA files charges in ‘pipe bomb’ investigation

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that 24-year-old Jake Swingle is charged with numerous felonies for allegedly placing a pipe bomb in the rear of an occupied recreational vehicle (RV).

Swingle is charged with one count of arson in the first degree, one count of unlawful manufacture of a destructive device, one count of unlawful possession of a destructive device, and one count of unlawful use of a weapon.

This investigation started on March 06, 2021 when emergency dispatchers received information about an explosion in the 3800 block of Northeast 141st Drive in Portland.

Portland Fire & Rescue responded to the scene and found smoke coming from the RV. Firefighters forced entry to check for any victims and to extinguish any fire.

Law enforcement observed a storage compartment located in the rear outer

quarter panel of the RV that appeared to be blown apart by a possible explosive device.

The damage to the RV was described as small fragments of cardboard, insulation, plastic, and the metal compartment was deformed as it would be from an explosion. The Portland Fire & Rescue Investigator also noted the rear bumper of the RV was also broken in half from the blast.

The owner of the RV told investigators someone named “Jake” was seen in the area of the RV just before the explosion.

“Jake” was later identified as “Jake Swingle.”

Investigators learned Swingle and the RV’s owner have been involved in an ongoing conflict.

During the post-blast investigation, investigators with the Metropolitan Explosive Disposal Unit located remnants of a PVC pipe bomb.

On March 7, 2021, a community member contacted law enforcement with information about Swingle, including a last known address, and provided the Portland Police detective and bomb technician assigned to this case with a video about an alleged “bomb-making factory” associated with Swingle’s residence.

The bomb technician reviewed the video and observed multiple items associated with improvised device construction.

On March 8, 2021 investigators served arrest and search warrants related to this incident.

The Portland Police Bureau’s Detective Division located and arrested Swingle in the area of Northeast 102nd Avenue and Northeast Sandy Boulevard in Portland.

The Portland Fire & Rescue’s Fire Investigation Unit, Portland Police Bureau, Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, Vancouver Police Department, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, and the Metropolitan Explosive Disposal Unit all contributed to this investigation.

No additional information can be released by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office at this time.

A charging document is only an accusation of a crime. Swingle is innocent unless and until proven guilty.




Media Contact:

Brent Weisberg, Communications Director

Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office