Police identify man poking people on Hawthorne Street
Portland police have publicly identified the person they say has poked several people in Southeast Portland neighborhoods with a "thin piece of rigid metal."
Justin C. Venable, 37, is the person of interest in the case.
Police describe Venable as a white man standing six feet one inch tall with blue eyes and blonde hair.
The authorities continue to search for Venable, and say anyone who spots him should not approach but should call 9-1-1 immediately.
He may be armed with a "slender rigid metal object."
Police say Venable poked people on at least four occasions since late Saturday, Nov. 24, often near Southeast Hawthorne Street. "The suspect approached people who were walking through the neighborhood and poked the victims, then continued walking," according to a police bureau news release.
Police say none of the victims required medical treatment.
Venable has been reported to police four times:
• Saturday, Nov. 24, at 8:25 p.m. near Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard and 35th Avenue
• Saturday, Nov. 24, at 11:13 p.m., near Hawthorne Boulevard and 36th Avenue
• Sunday, Nov. 25, at 3:45 p.m., near Southeast Ankeny Street and 20th Avenue
• Monday, Nov. 26, at 12:25 a.m. near Southeast Hawthorne Street and 40th Avenue