GRESHAM - The two victims in a brutal attack near a MAX stop spoke out Tuesday, hoping it may in some way help police catch the men who beat him.
Chris Putnam, 18, said three men jumped them from behind and punched him so hard that he blacked out.
”I had my hands above my face, they were hitting me and they were pulling my friend’s backpack off of him and punching him,” said Putnam.
Jacob Kieper, 19, tried to fight off the men but both he and his friend were knocked to the ground.
”I guess they were pulling my backpack off of me, so I couldn’t put my hands up really,” said Kieper.
Then, the three attackers grabbed their cell phones, and a backpack with an iPod and a laptop computer and ran off.
TriMet video surveillance cameras captured images of the three suspected attackers. Police described the suspects as black males in their early 20s. They released the video, hoping it may lead to tips that help them catch the criminals.
The suspects followed Putnam and Kieper when the got off the MAX train at the E. 172nd and Burnside stop, just after 7 p.m. on February 12. Then, they jumped them about two blocks away, police said.
Putnam said he had noticed that the men were watching them, but didn't really think anything of it.
"It just makes me feel like I have to trust my instincts more," Putnam said afterwards.
"The best I can hope for is that they get caught," said Kieper, whose jaw was broken.
Anyone with information was asked to call the Gresham Police Tip Line at 503 618-2719.
Other attacks near MAX and TriMet bus stops
Last week, two men harassed and robbed a 34-year-old man on the MAX platform at Northeast 7th Avenue and Holladay Street. Then, a 26-year-old man tried to stop the attack and he, too was robbed and assaulted.
The day before, a Good Samaritan trying to help a woman who was being mugged at a SE Portland TriMet bus shelter was shot at, police said.