July 22, 2021 13:24
On June 24, 2021 at about 6:10 p.m., a man was standing on the sidewalk near Southwest 6th Avenue and Southwest Morrison Street when an unknown suspect approached him and assaulted him without provocation (Case 21-161513). The victim fell to the ground with a head injury, the suspect ran off. The victim was transported to the hospital by ambulance.
On July 10, 2021 at about 8:32 p.m., another man was similarly assaulted as he stood near Southwest 6th Avenue and West Burnside Street (Case 21-188627). The unknown suspect approached and assaulted the victim who was transported to the hospital by ambulance with a serious head injury. The suspect fled before police arrived.
In both incidents the assaults were stranger to stranger and unprovoked and the suspect description was very similar. The suspect did not use any weapons during these assaults.
The Central Precinct Neighborhood Response Team (NRT) followed up on these cases in coordination with the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office and the Strategic Prosecution and Services Unit. Investigating officers identified the suspect as 34-year-old Byron Earl Burks.
On July 21, 2021 shortly after 11:00 a.m., NRT officers had just completed a foot patrol in the Pearl District with neighborhood volunteers and residents, when they drove through Old Town near Northwest 6th Avenue and Northwest Davis Street. Officers recognized Burks standing on the sidewalk nearby and arrested him, then booked him into the Multnomah County Detention Center for Assault II and two counts of Assault IV. These are ongoing investigations.
Central Precinct NRT officers work on problem solving through coordination of community and city resources to solve chronic problems in order to decrease crime and increase neighborhood vitality. They assist patrol, engage with the community, conduct directed patrol and follow up investigations.
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