Reports of teenagers harassing people near the D Street boat ramp in Springfield

Officials were able to get a description of the suspects, with one described as having orange hair.

Posted: Jun 3, 2021 10:20 PM
Updated: Jun 3, 2021 11:13 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore.-- The Springfield Police Department is investigating a report of harassment near the D Street boat ramp that occurred Wednesday evening.

Around 5 p.m. Wednesday, a man in his 50's was allegedly harassed by a group of 10 teenagers. Officials said the man said something to the group that triggered them to approach him.

Witnesses told police they saw the group try to throw his bike into the Willamette River. The man fought back but was knocked to the ground where he was repeatedly kicked and hit. One witness tried to intervene but was also kicked.

When police arrived, the group scattered in all directions. Lieutenant George Crolly with the Springfield Police said the teens should be more concerned about crossing the wrong people, not the law.

"I think if they do this to the wrong person or the wrong crowd that person may be able to defend themselves in a more capable manner," Crolly said. "They may be harmed with a knife or a gun that puts those juveniles in danger."

Police said there was another report of harassment that occurred Thursday near the I-5 bridge by a similar group of teens. 

Officials were able to get a description of the suspects, with one described as having orange hair.

So far no arrests have been made but police said they're patrolling the area. If the public has any information, they're asked to call the department. 

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