Thug causes mayhem at Rosewood MAX station

What you saw or heard on the MAX platform could put $1,000 in your pocket if you help officials get this violent mugger off the streets. Take a look at the photos and see if you know this guy …

Do you know this young woman? Police say she was the victim of a mugging on October 18 at the 162nd MAX stop in the Rosewood area.

Story by David F. Ashton
When folks were thinking about their day at work or school in the Rosewood area of outer East Portland, at 162nd Avenue MAX Light Rail line, on Tuesday, October 18, one man had crime on his mind.

At 7:55 a.m. an African-American male adult walked onto the Westbound MAX platform at there and contacted two teenage females who were already standing on the platform according to Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Public Information Officer Lt. Robert King.

This surveillance image indicates, police say, that the suspected thug many have known the victims.

The victim is described as possibly Hispanic, female, 16 to 20 years old, 5′ 2″ tall, with long black hair, wearing black tank top and white jeans, King said. “The suspect appeared to know the females and he immediately began to assault one of them, pushing her by the neck into a ticket vending machine

The suspect then physically took her purse from her.”

A bystander tries to help out by distracting the suspect …

… and is slugged and knocked down.

This caused a bystander to intervene, King noted. “The suspect then assaulted the white male, knocking him to the ground.”

Not done with his rampage, the suspect tried to stop the victim he’d knocked down, but men stepped in and tried to stop him. “The suspect then began to fight wildly with the half dozen bystanders, knocking at least one off the platform and down onto the tracks,” King went on.

Another “Good Samaritan” ends up being slugged and knocked onto the MAX tracks by the suspect.

At that point, a previously uninvolved female, who was standing on the sidewalk, just north of the platform, yelled that she was going to call 911.

“Upon hearing this, the suspect disengaged from the commotion on the platform, and ran over to that female,” said King. “The suspect delivered one punch to the woman’s head, instantly knocking her to the ground, and subsequently causing her to have a seizure. The suspect then fled northbound into the blocks.”

The original two teenage female victim/witnesses fled the platform westbound, and have not been located or identified. The unknown male victims that engaged the suspect on the platform also left prior to police arrival. The woman that was punched and had a seizure was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Know this guy? Officials say it’s the man in the lower right hand corner they’re looking for. If you do, call in your anonymous tip and perhaps collect $1,000.

Police say they’re are looking for a an African-American male, 6′ – 6’2″, 230 pounds, late 20s to early 30s, short hair, no facial hair and was last seen wearing orange/red T-shirt, dark jeans. They’d also like to speak with the victims of this rampage.

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 can remain anonymous. Call Crime Stoppers at 503-823-HELP (4357), leave a tip online at, or text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip.

© 2011 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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