(Photo by Henry Scholz)
The Portland Police Bureau arrested two teenagers for allegedly throwing bricks at three people who were bicycling in inner northeast Portland last night.
One of the victims, 26-year-old Adrian Richardson, was hit in the face and was taken to the hospital. Richardson is a serious local bike racer who works at Showers Pass.
Here’s the official statement from the PPB:
On Sunday April 20, 2014, at 1:21 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the area of Northeast 7th Avenue and Tillamook Street on the report that two males threw a brick at a bicyclist, striking him in the face.
The victim provided descriptions of the suspects for police and waited for medical personnel to respond to the scene.
Several officers arrived in the area and contacted the victim. Officers also located the suspects at Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Knott Street and took them into custody. Two additional victims were located by police.
Officers learned that the suspects threw broken pieces of brick at passing bicyclists, striking two of them. One victim, 26-year-old Adrian Richardson of Northeast Portland, was struck in the face, suffering injuries that required transportation to the hospital. Another victim, 52-year-old Jonathan Garris of Northeast Portland, was struck in one of his legs. A third victim, 27-year-old Peter Buri of North Portland, had a brick thrown at him by the suspects but was not hit.
The suspects, 15-year-old Marquise Murphy and 15-year-old Robert Hudgens, were charged with Assault in the Second Degree and Assault in the Third Degree. Both were lodged at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home (JDH). Their names are being released because the Assault in the Second Degree charge is a Measure 11.
Anyone with information about this assault is asked to contact Detective Jeff Sharp at (503) 823-9773 or email@example.com.
According to sources who know Richardson, the teens apparently threw the bricks because they were “bored.” One of Richardson’s friends, David Boerner, told us he’s “stitched up but OK.”
We’ll update this story as we learn more.