Teens attack woman on MAX line

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Police were searching for the teen in the white hoodie shown in the bottom left corner of this still image taken from a MAX surveillance video. The teen was linked to an attack on the transit line.

PORTLAND, Ore. - A woman who tried to intervene when a group of teens started harassing a MAX passenger ended up getting attacked herself, police said.

It happened shortly before 7 p.m. Monday as the 28-year-old woman was on the MAX's Yellow line heading toward the Prescott Transit Station in north Portland, police said.

When she saw a group of teens verbally harassing an older passenger, she decided to say something, causing the teens to call her "racially derogatory names," police said.

As the MAX train reached the station at the intersection of North Interstate Avenue and North Prescott Street, the teens began to hit the woman with their purses as well as a can of soda. One also stole her purse, police said.

Police later arrested four teens in the assault, charging them with robbery, assault and intimidation. Three were 15 and the fourth was only 14.

Detectives were still looking for a fifth suspect Wednesday. They described him as black, between the ages of 14 and 16, about 5 foot 6 inches tall with a thin build and using the name Adrian.

The victim said Wednesday she was still shaken up by the incident and was thinking of going to the hospital because her head still hurt from the assault. It was her first trip ever on the MAX, she said.