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East Portland man arrested after assault involving vehicle, machete

by: Contributed photo Sylvester Bridges

A Portland man is behind bars, accused of hitting three teens with a car and attacking one of them with a machete.

Sylvester Bridges, 48, is being held on $15,000 bail on allegations of third-degree assault at the Multnomah County Detention Center.

Police arrested him at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 17, on three counts of assault after responding to an 8:35 a.m. report of a disturbance involving a knife at Northeast 160th Avenue and East Burnside Street, said Sgt. Pete Simpson, Portland police spokesman.

Police learned that the incident began at a house in the zero block of Northeast 160th Avenue when Bridges got into an argument with his girlfriend's son.

The son and two of his cousins, all 17, then began banging on Bridges' truck before walking to the corner of 160th and Burnside.

That's where Bridges reportedly hit his girlfriend's son and the two cousins with his truck at a slow rate of speed.

The stepfather then returned home and the teens followed.

Then things really got ugly.

Bridges allegedly pulled out a machete and hit one of the cousins with it. The teens grabbed rakes, PVC pipe and large posts that they allegedly beat the stepfather with. They also reportedly smashed up his truck.

Nobody was seriously injured, Simpson said.