A midnight swim in a public pool is not supposed to be dangerous...but this time it was

DAVID F. ASHTON - Officers canvassed the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood in the early morning hours of July 11 looking for the two robbers, but came up empty. 
Clearly, the male teenager hanging out after midnight at the Creston Pool early Wednesday, July 11, wasn't in the area for a late night swim; but why he was near the darkened and secured Portland Parks & Recreation pool facility is unknown.

Whatever his reason for being in Creston Park, just east of S.E. 43rd Avenue and Rhone Street, his evening adventure turned out badly – when he was held up by ruffians.

"East Precinct officers received the call at 12:28 a.m. and located a male juvenile victim suffering from what was believed to be a non-life threatening injury," said Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Chris Burley. "Investigators believe the victim was injured as a result of being struck with the hard surface of a firearm; the victim was transported by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment."

During the investigation, Burley stated, officers learned that the teen was with friends when two suspects approached the group and started going through their belongings. The victim objected, and was assaulted by one of the suspects.

Both robbers ran off, up the steep hill toward S.E. Powell Boulevard. Officers and a police canine team searched the neighborhood but didn't find anyone matching the suspects' descriptions: An 18 to 21-year-old Asian male, with a medium build and a goatee, wearing all-black; and an18 to 21-year-old black male, with a faded haircut, wearing all-white clothing.

"There were no reports of gunfire during this incident," Burley told THE BEE.

Anyone with the information about the incident is asked to contact the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Robbery Detail at 503/823-1080.

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