Man arrested after assaulting two elderly people in Portland
Editor's note: An update to this story has been posted with new information about this case, including details about the alleged assault and new charges against the suspect. Read the updates here.
Police arrested a man after allegedly witnessing him assault two elderly people in downtown Portland on Saturday night, June 25.
The victims required hospitalization after the attack, Portland Police Bureau officials said in a statement Sunday, June 26.
One victim, an 82-year-old man, suffered life-threatening injuries and another victim, an 88-year-old man, was seriously hurt but doesn't have life-threatening injuries, police said.
The suspect, Keffer J. White, 29, is facing two counts of second-degree assault and two counts of first-degree bias crime, court records show.
Officers and a sergeant were on a call in the area of Southwest Fifth Avenue and Hall Street about 8:30 p.m. Saturday when they discovered an assault in progress, police said.
They immediately arrested the suspect and called paramedics to assist the victims, who were transported to a hospital.
Witnesses and video evidence from the incident show the suspect attacked the two men without provocation, police said. The suspect allegedly punched and kicked both victims repeatedly, including after they fell to the ground, according to police.
White has been booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center.
Court records show White has been convicted of several felony and misdemeanor crimes dating back to 2011, including felon in possession of a firearm in 2016 and strangulation and fourth-degree assault in 2019.
White also had an outstanding arrest warrant in a case still pending in court from last January, court records show. He is facing charges, including unauthorized use of a vehicle and possession of a stolen vehicle, in that case. White failed to appear in court for the case multiple times, court records show.
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