Police seek public's help solving bias crimes

Police seek public's help solving bias crimes
Police released this sketch of an assault suspect who they said attacked a man near a pedestrian overpass in Southeast Portland on Nov. 1, 2010.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Police are asking for the public’s help solving two assaults that police said were bias crimes.

The assaults happened in 2011 and 2010. Police do not believe they are related.

Victim left unconscious on train tracks

The first assault happened just after midnight on Nov. 1, 2010. Police said 49-year-old Timothy McCubbin was attacked near the pedestrian overpass at Southeast 16th Avenue and Brooklyn Street.

The suspect left McCubbin on the train tracks just below the overpass with serious head and abdominal injuries.

Detectives believe the suspect’s perception of McCubbin’s sexual orientation caused him to attack McCubbin.

The suspect is described as a white man in 20s who is about 6’1’’ tall with a muscular build.

Police said he has short, blonde hair and a light beard. He also has a light complexion and freckles on his face.

The suspect was riding a bicycle with another man who was also on a bicycle.

Police released a sketch of the suspect (above).

Two men attacked near Eastbank Esplanade

The second assault happened on May 22, 2011 at around 8:30 p.m. Police said Brad Forkner, 23, and Christopher Rosevear, 25, were attacked by at least three men as they walked from the Hawthorne Bridge to the Eastbank Esplanade.

Forkner and Rosevear walked onto the Esplanade when several suspects punched and pushed Forkner. Police said he broke away and called 9-1-1 while the suspects continued to attack Rosevear.

“It was obvious the only reason we were attacked is because we were holding hands,” Rosevear told KATU in May of 2011.

The victims believed the suspects were speaking an Eastern European language.

The suspects were described as white men in their 20s. Police said all three were about 5’11’’ tall. One wore a blue hooded sweatshirt, another wore a cream or white-colored hooded sweatshirt and a third wore a brown hooded sweatshirt.

They were last seen running southbound on the Esplanade.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in these cases, or any unsolved felony, and you can remain anonymous. Call Crime Stoppers at 503-823-HELP (4357) or leave a tip online.