Published on Sep 17, 2012
The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help in solving a shooting in Southeast Portland's Lents neighborhood.
On Thursday September 13, 2012, at 9:31 p.m., Portland Police and Transit Police officers responded to the MAX platform at Southeast Foster Road and I-205 on the report of a man threatening another man with a gun.
As officers were enroute they received additional information that there may have been shots fired and a man hit with gunfire. The witness reported that the suspect rode away on a bicycle.
Officers arrived and located the victim, 28-year-old Joshua James Smith, who told officers that he was not shot but cut himself during a struggle with the suspect.
The victim told police that he was seated on the westside of the platform waiting for the MAX train when the suspect rode up on a bicycle. The victim told police that the suspect wanted to listen to the victim's headphones and when the victim refused, the suspect pulled a handgun and fired shots towards the victim and surrounding area. The victim grabbed onto the suspect and they struggled to the ground, where the victim suffered an arm injury not from gunfire.
The suspect got up and left the area on a bicycle.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his mid-20s, wearing a white t-shirt and shorts, black baseball hat backwards, riding a black BMX bicycle last seen southbound on Southeast 92nd Avenue.
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and you can remain anonymous.
Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com, text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.