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Police respond to rowdy teens

Police responded to two disturbances involving large groups of teenagers in Southeast Portland late Saturday.

A bystander was assaulted during one disturbance and rocks were thrown at a police car during the other. No arrests have yet been made.

According to police, at approximately 10:30 p.m. on June 22, East Precinct officers responded to the report of a large disturbance in the area of Southeast 72nd Avenue and Flavel Street. Callers to 9-1-1 were reporting that a group of teens, ranging from 20 to 100, were blocking traffic on 72nd Avenue and that some in the group randomly assaulted a man walking along the sidewalk.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted a 56-year-old man who told police that he was walking along the sidewalk when a group of five to six teens ran over to him and that one of the teens punched him in the face. A witness described the suspect as an African American male in his early 20s, wearing a white baseball cap, white t-shirt and dark blue jeans.

Officers believe the group of teens were connected with a house party at the La Hacienda Apartments, located at 7920 Southeast 72nd Avenue.

Then, at approximately 11:00 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of a large disturbance at Southeast 122nd Avenue and Holgate Street. Officers arrived in the area and saw a group of approximately 100 teenagers in the street blocking traffic. Officers determined that the group was associated with a house party in the area.

Officers from the Transit Police Division and the Gang Enforcement Team responded to assist East Precinct officers with clearing the crowd out of the street and restore order to the neighborhood. The crowd continued to be rowdy as they walked northbound on 122nd Avenue. When the crowd reached Division, someone in the crowd started throwing rocks at police cars. Officers were unable to determine who threw the rocks and maintained a large police presence until the crowd dispersed out of the neighborhood.

Based on available information, police say it does not appear that these two incidents are related.

Police officials are encouraging residents to notify police when disturbances occur in their neighborhoods. They would also like to remind parents of the Portland City Code which states that for minors under the age of 14, summer curfew is between 10:15 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. For minors 14 to 17, curfew is from 12:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.