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Man assaults and robs woman, attacks bystanders at MAX station

Reward offered for info on suspect, who also knocked at least one person onto train tracks

Police need the public's help catching a man who assaulted and robbed a woman at a MAX station, then attacked a half dozen bystanders who came to the woman's defense.

At 7:55 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, the suspect - described as an African-American male in his late 20s to early 30s - walked onto the westbound MAX platform at 162nd Avenue and East Burnside Street, where he contacted two teenage females waiting for the train.

He appeared to know them and immediately began to assault one of the girls, pushing her by the neck into a ticket vending machine and snatching her purse, said Lt. Robert King, Portland police spokesman.

This prompted an unidentified man on the platform to intervene. But the suspect turned on him, knocking him to the ground.

Other men on the platform waiting for the train tried to stop the suspect as he attempted to stomp on the Good Samaritan who'd been knocked to the ground.

'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 said.

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 9-1-1. Upon hearing that, the suspect ran over to that woman and punched her once in the head, which instantly knocked her to the ground, where she had a seizure.

The suspect then fled northbound.

Paramedics transported the woman who had the seizure to a local hospital for treatment of non-life- threatening injuries.

But police need help identifying not only the suspect but also the original female victim, her friend and the initial Good Samaritan who came to their defense. The women fled the scene heading west, and the man, described by witnesses only as Caucasian, had disappeared when police arrived.

The suspect is described as 6-feet to 6-feet-2-inches tall, 230 pounds, in his late 20s to early 30s with short hair, no facial hair and wearing an orange/red T-shirt and dark jeans.

The female victim is described as possibly Hispanic, 16 to 20 years old, 5-feet-2-inches tall, 120 pounds with long black hair, wearing a black tank top and white jeans.

Crime Stoppers, in cooperation with the Portland Police Bureau, 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 crimestoppersoforegon.com or text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip.

Anyone with information on this case also can contact investigating officers Gabe Maldonado or Rafael Cortada at 503-962-7566.