PPB: Help identify Grant High School graduation assault suspect
The Portland Police Bureau is asking for help to identify a man accused of assaulting security guards and damaging video equipment during a high school graduation ceremony at Providence Park.
Officers arrested the unidentified man on June 9 after responding to a report that security guards were in a physical altercation with someone trespassing inside the venue, which was being used for a high school graduation ceremony, police said in a statement Friday, June 17.
The incident occurred during Grant High School's graduation ceremony, a PPB spokesperson confirmed.
An investigation determined the man had entered the venue without a ticket, sprayed attendees with a bottle of hand sanitizer and knocked over and severely damaged a professional-grade video camera, police said.
When security guards asked him to leave, the man assaulted two of them, according to police.
Officers were unable to identify the man because he would not provide his name or allow his fingerprints to be taken.
He was then transported to the Multnomah County Detention Center as an unidentified suspect under the name "John Doe."
The man has been charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault, first-degree criminal trespass, resisting arrest, two counts of harassment and first-degree criminal mischief.
He was later released from custody to obtain medical care and has still not been identified, police said.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to state that the incident occurred during Grant High School's graduation ceremony.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.