Teen mob assaults, riots on MAX trains

The latest incident was in outer East Portland where seven youths were arrested. But, these same ruffians have been causing havoc across the east side, it appears …

It’s calm now, here at the Holgate Boulevard Transit Station, in the Lents neighborhood. But, this was the site of a “riot” on a train in early March.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

What started as an assault, reported on March 3, which dispatched Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers at 1:56 p.m. to the Holgate Boulevard Transit Station, located at 9369 SE Holgate Boulevard, turned out to be worse.

It wasn’t the first time mobs of teen hooligans have roughed up, beat up, and robbed riders on or near TriMet MAX Light Rail lines.

In this case, Portland PPB East Precinct and Transit Division officers responded to a report of a threat involving a weapon.  “Officers located an adult male victim who had sustained non-life threatening injuries during an assault,” said PPB Public Information Officer Lt. Tina Jones. “A knife was displayed, but not used to assault anyone during the incident; it was recovered nearby.”

-2 More than a dozen officers are called to the scene, to begin searching for the band of teen ruffians.

Learning that several youths, allegedly involved in the assault, had fled – the officers, with the help of a PPB Canine Team, tracked down and arrested seven individuals believed to be connected to the case.

When a PPB Transit Division officer became aware of marked similarities among several different crimes starting in mid February, on or near TriMet property, the law enforcement officer started connecting many of these same suspects to the various cases, after viewing video surveillance images.

The dates, times, and locations of the previous incidents included:

  • February 11 – at about 8:00 pm., at the 7th Avenue Transit Station
  • February 16 – at 4:15 p.m. at the 82nd Avenue Transit Station
  • February 20 – at the 162nd Avenue Transit Station.

The investigation led to several subjects already under arrest who were identified as being also involved in other incidents, Jones said.

Although some of the offenses committed appear to be violent, the PPB isn’t releasing video images of the crimes, nor the names of the arrested, because they are juveniles.

-3 Not far from the TriMet MAX station, a PPB Canine Team tracks down the allegedly criminal teens.

All the juveniles involved in the March incident were lodged at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center, on the following charges:

  • Juvenile 1 — Hispanic, Male, 14 being charged with Robbery II, Assault III, Riot and Interfere with Public Transit; Robbery II, Assault III and Interfere with Public Transit, Robbery II, Assault III, Riot and Interfere with Public Transit, Robbery III, Theft II, Assault III, Riot and Interfere with Public Transit, Riot and Interfere with Public Transit.
  • Juvenile 2 — Hispanic, Male, 13 Being charged with: Robbery II, Assault III, Riot and Interfere with Public Transit; Theft II, Harassment and Riot; Robbery I, Theft II, Riot and Interfere with Public Transit.
  • Juvenile 3 — White, Male, 16 being charged with: Robbery II, Assault III, Riot and Interfere with Public Transit; Robbery II, Assault III, Riot and Interfere with Public Transit; Robbery I, Theft III, Riot and Interfere with Public Transit; also has a warrant.
  • Juvenile 4 — Female, Black, 13 being charged with: Robbery II, Assault III, Riot and Interfere with Public Transit; Robbery II, Theft II, Assault III, Riot and Interfere with Public Transit; Riot and Interfere with Public Transit.
  • Juvenile 5 — Male, White, 14 being charged with: Robbery II, Assault III, Riot and Interfere with Public Transit; Riot.
  • Juvenile 6 — Male, White, 15 being charged with: Robbery I, Theft II, Riot and Interfere with Public Transit.
  • Juvenile 7 — Male, Black, 15 being charged with: Robbery I, Robbery II, and further cases and charges are being considered.

More crimes may have been committed along the TriMet MAX lines by this same crew of young criminals, officials say, after reviewing surveillance videos.

“Investigators believe there could be other cases involving the same subjects on or off TriMet property, and it is possible some of those victims have not filed police reports,” Jones said.

If anyone has information about these or other cases, please contact Sergeant Jessy Brown at (503) 962-7566 or jessy.brown@portlandoregon.gov.

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