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MAX attack suspect indicted on assault charges

Cordarius Jeffreys allegedly punched woman, 84, 20 times
by: Contributed photo Cordarius Deshaun Jeffreys,

A man who reportedly beat up an 84-year-old woman at a Gresham MAX station has been indicted on assault charges stemming from the attack.

On Wednesday, Aug. 3, a Multnomah County grand jury indicted Cordarius Deshaun Jeffreys, 19, a transient from Tennessee, on charges of second-degree assault, fourth-degree assault and interfering with public transportation, said deputy district attorney Traci Anderson.

Jeffreys reportedly punched a 56-year-old Portland woman in the face at the Cleveland Avenue MAX station at Northeast Eighth Street and Cleveland Avenue at about 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, July 27. When the woman ran away, he reportedly turned his attention to an elderly woman sitting on a bench waiting for a bus.

Witnesses said he punched the woman in the face with both fists approximately 20 times before he stopped and walked off the platform.

TriMet police arrested the man, who police suspect is mentally ill, while paramedics whisked Muriel Morgan, 84, a life-long Gresham resident, to a hospital. She was treated for a concussion, a broken nose and black eyes.

Two days after the attack, Morgan told The Outlook that she didn't think she could have survived one more punch.

The grand jury saw surveillance video of the attack.

'It was just awful,' said Morgan's daughter Leslie.

As hard as it was to relive the attack, testifying before the grand jury 'in her mind it's what she needed to do before she could move on,' Leslie said. 'I think she's on the road to recovery.'

Jeffreys is being held at the Multnomah County Detention Center on $257,500 bail.