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Party promoted on Twitter leads to online warning from deputies, arrest

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Photo: Marion County Sheriff's Office Photo: Marion County Sheriff's Office
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GATES, OR (KPTV) -

A party promoted on Twitter led to a warning tweet from the Marion County Sheriff's Office and the eventual arrest of a 19-year-old.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office took notice of the trending planned party being shared on Twitter with the hashtag #ProjectNat.

Deputies sent out a tweet late Friday afternoon saying, "Looking for any information on a large party said to be occurring around 6:00 p.m. coined 'Project Nat'. If you have info call 503-588-5032."

The situation continued unfolding online between deputies and a potential suspect.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office sent someone using the Twitter handle @beerisrad a message stating, "Your actions could lead to your arrest. If you have questions about "Project Nat" please call the shift Sergeant @ 503-588-5032."

Someone using the @beerisrad account, with a name listed as Nat Gray, replied saying he had no information. "It's just my birthday. Not my party," he wrote in a tweet sent back to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators said the party appeared to be going forward as planned. At 9:30 p.m., the scene was located at Packsaddle Park in rural Marion County.

Deputies said there was a stage, a bon fire, alcoholic beverages and several partygoers.

Deputies said Nathaniel Gray, 19, was uncooperative at the scene and arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, furnishing alcohol to a minor, offensive littering and providing a place for minors to consume alcohol.

The sheriff's office updated the situation on Twitter at 10 p.m. Friday.

"We have located #ProjectNat. Nat is in custody and will be taken to Marion County Jail shortly," read the department's final tweet on the situation Friday night.

The Gates Fire Department said it may seek reimbursement from Gray for its response to put out the bonfire.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office issued a press release thanking the public for an outpouring of tips in this case.

"This type of public interaction is key to our children's safety in this digital age," the release states.

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