Men accost deaf man on MAX train, steal his iPad

PORTLAND, Ore. - Police are on the lookout for two suspects who stole an iPad from a deaf man while he was riding a MAX train.

The crime happened around 5:30 a.m. Friday on a MAX train headed eastbound from the Gateway Transit Station in Northeast Portland.

Witnesses told police that the suspects got on the train and became aggressive towards a 62-year-old man who was holding his iPad. The man is deaf and uses the iPad as his primary means of communication.

As the train was pulling into a stop, one of the suspects grabbed the iPad and ran off the train. His buddy, who was on a BMX bike inside the train, followed him.

Police canvassed the neighborhood, but were unable to find the suspects. Anyone with information that can help investigators is asked to send an email to

As it turned out, we found someone at the Gateway MAX station who believes she knows one of the men. Patty Green said she's sure the suspect wearing the red T-shirt is the same man she sees during the evening commute, dancing in downtown Portland.

"I see him almost every day," Green said.

Green knows what it's like to be vulnerable. She uses a motorized wheelchair to get around.

"I think it's horrid what they did, taking that man's iPad," she said.

Here's a full description of the two suspects:

Suspect #1 Description

    Black male
    Late teens or early 20s
    5 feet, 9 inches tall
    Thin build
    Short, black hair
    Red t-shirt
    Light blue-jean shorts
    Black high-top tennis shoes

Suspect #2 Description (guy on the bike)

  • White male

  • Late teens or early 20s

  • 5 feet, 10 inches tall

  • Medium build

  • Tattoo on the left side of his cheek - Chinese symbol

  • White t-shirt

  • Baseball cap

  • Black shorts

KATU News Reporter Bob Heye contributed to this report.