PORTLAND -- An assault along Portland’s waterfront Monday brought out the worst in people and the best.
A woman was assaulted along the Southwest waterfront, between the Steele Bridge and the Burnside Bridge. She said the attack was terrifying but the response from strangers was amazing.
Kimberly Johnson was taking a walk on her lunch break and talking to her husband on the phone when a man suddenly stiff-armed her and punched her in the face.
Her phone fell to the ground. He picked it up and threw it in the river and then ran off.
Johnson told KGW in an exclusive interview that she was still in shock when strangers sprang into action. People who saw the whole attack helped make sure he didn’t get away.
“As the suspect walked away from the victim, he mocked her and made fun of her scream. After his assault, the other park users jumped into action,” said Sgt. Matt Engen with Portland Transit Police.
“Some people ran for the police, some people followed him and some people stayed as witnesses," he added.
With the help of good Samaritans, the suspect was arrested. Louis Chlumak remains behind bars now, on assault and theft charges.
He’s no stranger to police, either. Investigators said he had warrants out for his arrest in California.
Note: Sgt. Engen is assigned to the transit police division but just as officers from other police agencies help provide security for the TriMet system, transit police officers will respond to other incidents when nearby, as Sgt. Engen did here.
KGW reporter Erica Heartquist contributed to this report.