PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Police Bureau has identified the chief suspect in an assault in the downtown area on Sunday that left the driver of a crashed pickup truck unconscious, according to an update from the agency.
Officers from PPB responded shortly before 10:30 p.m. on Sunday night to the area of SW Taylor Street and Broadway in downtown Portland after someone reported that "protesters" chased the driver of a white Ford 4x4, then dragged him out of the vehicle after he crashed into a tree on the sidewalk. One witness reported that a group of people was "beating the guy."
At the scene, the officers found a man lying injured and unconscious. He was taken to the hospital for treatment and was later released.
"Other reports around social media claim that the victim in this case is not recovering or has succumbed to the injuries," PPB said. "These reports are false. The victim has been released from the hospital and is recovering."
While videos depicting various parts of the incident have surfaced on social media, investigators are still trying to piece together precisely what happened in the lead-up to the attack. However, PPB says that it has identified the main suspect in the assault as 25-year-old Marquise Love — the man apparently seen on video punching and kicking the victim.
"Investigators made attempts to contact Love but could not locate him," PPB said. "Investigators have left messages for Love to turn himself in but will continue to look for him as there is probable cause for his arrest."
Police are also looking for a transgender woman who "had some of her things stolen," an incident seen on some of the videos, which may have led to the later assault. PPB said that she has not yet been identified, but investigators are hoping to speak with her.
PPB said that the release of further information in the case "may not be as timely" as the public would like. Despite the spread of videos on social media, the agency said that investigators need to make other connections that aren't seen in the videos — in addition to protecting the integrity of evidence in the case.
"The Portland Police Bureau is taking this assault and other incidents of violence extremely seriously," said Chief Lovell. "Our Detectives continue to investigate this assault as well as other acts of violence directed toward protesters, but we need more than just videos from social media. In order to hold individuals responsible for criminal acts, we need the public to provide information and refrain from tampering with evidence."