Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on December 3rd, 2010 at 9:38 am
The Portland Police Bureau are offering a $1,000 reward for help in solving a brutal assault and possible hate crime that occurred in Southeast over a month ago. Both the suspect and the man who was assaulted were on bicycles, according to police and media reports.
The PPB released a statement yesterday saying the assault happened just after midnight on November 1st near the footbridge overpass located at SE 16th and Brooklyn Street. According to KPTV, the man — who was severely beaten and spent weeks in the hospital recovering — says he was likely targeted in part because he was riding a "purple bicycle with Tinkerbell and Christmas lights on it".
Police say the suspect and a man accompanying him were also on bicycles. A sketch has been released of the possible suspect (see above) and he's described as a white male in his early to late 20s standing about 6'1" with a muscular build. He had short blonde hair, a light beard, and a light complexion with a face full of freckles.
If you have any information about this crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 503-823-HELP (4357), leave a tip online or text 823HELP plus your tip and send it to CRIMES (274697).