1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
August 02, 2005 00:00
Crime Stoppers, in cooperation with the Portland Police, wants your help identifying people who assaulted a man as he rode a MAX train in North Portland.
On June 9, 2005 at about 11:20 p.m., a man got on the northbound MAX Yellow line at the Rose Garden transit station. He had a bike with him. There was no room for the bike on the racks provided so he kept it with him and stood near the train doors.
A group of unidentified males and females got on the train at the same time. Some of them walked to the opposite end of the train and took seats. Some of them stood near the man with the bike. After a few moments the people near the man with the bike began to harass him about having his bike near the door. This went on for about one minute and drew the attention of everyone on the train. Some people walked from the opposite end of the train and stood near the commotion.
Then the harassment turned to an assault as the males and females began beating the man until he fell to the train floor. There they continued to beat and kick him. As many as twelve people beat on the man, sometimes standing by watching and laughing, then kicking him while he was down. Many other people stood by, watched, and appeared to do nothing. The beating lasted a couple minutes. The man was injured, but not seriously.
The suspects all got off the train at about 11:24 p.m. at the Albina/Interstate stop and left on foot in an unknown direction.
The suspects were all unknown age black males and females. One male was wearing a red Saint Louis Cardinal baseball cap backwards, with a black short sleeve shirt, and sagging red pants. Another male had short hair and was wearing a black and red Chicago Bulls jacket and a red shirt. One female had her hair pulled back with a pink tie and was wearing a red shirt under a brown jacket with fur on the hood, and torn, faded jeans. Another female had her hair pulled back with braids in the front and was wearing a pink zipper sweatshirt with two white stripes running down the sleeves, light colored Capri pants, and a blue backpack. Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and you may remain anonymous. Call Crime Stoppers at (503) 823-HELP (4357).
Sgt. Pete Simpson