Police say teens threw bricks at bicyclists, hitting one in face

PORTLAND, Ore. - Police have arrested two teenagers for throwing bricks at bicyclists, hitting one of them in the face and injuring him.

Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson said the 15-year-olds threw bricks at three bicyclists, hitting two of them.

One incident occurred April 20 just before 1:30 a.m. near Northeast 7th Avenue and Tillamook Street. A 26-year-old bicyclist was hit in the face, Simpson said. He had to go to the hospital for treatment. According to a probable cause affidavit, the man was hit in his right eye.

In two other incidents, Simpson said the teens threw a brick at a 52-year-old man. He was hit in one of his legs. The teens also threw a brick at a 27-year-old man but missed, Simpson said.

Police found the suspects at Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Knott Street after interviewing the man hit in the face and receiving reports of the two other incidents. The teens were arrested.

Marquise Murphy, 15, and Robert Hudgens, 15, face second-degree assault and third-degree assault charges. The second-degree assault charge is a Measure 11 crime, meaning both teens would be charged as adults.

Both boys were taken to the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home.