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Suspect arrested in TriMet assault

Portland police have arrested a suspect in the Thursday night assault on a TriMet bus operator in North Portland.

Daemon Lamarr Bowman, 39, will be charged with third-degree assault, theft of services and interfering with public transportation.

According to police, at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, an officer from the Transit Police Division was patrolling the area of North Fessenden Street and Charleston Avenue when the officer spotted a subject that looked like the suspect sought in the assault of the TriMet bus operator that occurred last night at North Richmond Avenue and Syracuse Street.

The TriMet bus data recorder captured the image of the suspect and Transit Police Division officers we actively searching the neighborhood for the suspect.

The suspect was stopped when he walked to a nearby store and was arrested without incident.

The operator was assaulted at a TriMet rest area in St. Johns.

After the arrest, TriMet issued the following statement:

"TriMet takes any attack on our operators, employees or customers very serious and we thank the Transit Police Division for their hard work in locating the suspect less than 24 hours after the incident. We are hopeful that the suspect will be prosecuted to the highest extent of the law.

"While we are thankful for the arrest, our thoughts continue to be with the operator as they recover from this frightening ordeal. The operator needs time to heal and has asked for privacy at this time. "