Officer punched after using pepper spray at Lloyd MAX
Portland police say an officer was punched after he used pepper spray on an allegedly "aggressive" individual standing on a light-rail platform.
Transit Police say they contacted an "unruly" group congregating on the Lloyd Center MAX platform around 8:20 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.
The group became "hostile and aggressive," according to a news release, and an officer unleashed pepper spray on one man, who apparently slugged the officer in the face and then ran from the scene.
The officer suffered "non-life-threatening facial injuries," authorities say.
Awasioeth Reity Epenrosa was taken into custody one block away.
The 20-year-old faces potential charges of assaulting a police officer, riot, second-degree failure to appear, fourth-degree assault, interfering with a police officer, menacing, harassment and interfering with public transit.
In the last four months, Epenrosa has been charged with second-degree burglary, third-degree theft, second-degree criminal mischief for cases in Washington and Multnomah counties, according to court records.
Epenrosa remains behind bars at Inverness Jail at this time.