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Awasioeth Epenrosa arrested after police say he punched an officer who approached 'unruly' group.

MCSO PHOTO - Awasioeth Epenrosa 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.

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