We imagine Martin Luther King, Jr. also had a dream where teenage punks wouldn’t attack people on streets named after him.
Police were warning bicyclists in Northeast Portland to be on the lookout after two men were injured during separate attacks along Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
On Saturday night, 20-year-old Andy Sweeney said he was riding his bike near the intersection of Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Northeast Fargo Street when three teenagers threw a traffic cone at him, hitting him in the face.
Sweeney suffered a concussion and two of his front teeth were shattered from the attack.
“It’s crazy,” said Sweeney. “I don’t really understand their motivation or what they were going for.”
Guess they were bored. No description of these charming youths was mentioned so we can only assume they were Criminals of Color.
Last week, a 64-year-old man reported that he was also attacked by teens while riding his bike on Northeast Going Street near Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson of the Portland Police Bureau.
“One of [the teens] punched him in the shoulder, which knocked him off his bike and he hit the ground,” Simpson said.
Simpson said he didn’t know if the attacks were connected.
“It may just be a group of teens who are acting like punks,” Simpson said.
These apparently aren’t isolated incidents.
“When I filed a police report the officer said similar nighttime incidents had occurred in the neighborhood recently,” Lynch writes in a flyer that he posted in his neighborhood to encourage people to be more vigilant. “I learned there was another attack on Aug. 19. In a couple of cases, the bicyclists were beaten and had their bikes stolen.”
Sgt. Pete Simpson, a Portland police spokesman, said the officer who took the report in Lynch’s case “had heard of more” assaults. “But I’m not sure how many,” Simpson said.
Police said they don’t have enough information to say the incidents are connected. But the similarities are hard to deny. In fact, police have been taking reports of a group of juveniles harassing or assaulting people in the area for at least a month.
On the last Thursday night of July, Amy Wilson, who lives on Northeast Going Street just east of MLK, stepped out of her house after hearing three teens bashing in the windows of a car parked on the street.
One of the boys attacked her. “I suffered a four-hour concussion and I don’t remember much,” she said. “I was completely knocked out. My head hit the concrete.”
Wilson was rushed to the emergency room, where she received 12 stitches. One side of her face remained bruised and swollen for days. Later, a neighbor told her that he saw what he suspected were the same group of teens hassling other cyclists a couple blocks over and nearly called the police that night.
Still no description of these animals.