Two teens accused of beating man in front of his family on MAX train

Photos of Jeremiah Hannon and Marquavious Ware from Multnomah County.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Two 15-year-olds are facing assault charges, accused of repeatedly punching a man on a MAX train in front of his wife and child, breaking his jaw.

According to court records, the man and his family got on the train on December 27 to go to a relative’s home to open Christmas presents. A group of young people boarded the train while “blasting music,” and the man asked them to turn it down.

Witnesses said the teen initially turned the speaker down, but then increased the volume. The man then reportedly “told the youth if they were going to use the speaker as a weapon, that he was going to take it from them.”

A probable cause document says some members of the group started beating him, broke his jaw, and knocked out a tooth. His wife and 10-year-old daughter saw the assault take place, detectives said.

Based on surveillance camera recordings from TriMet, detectives identified the two suspects primarily involved in the attack as Jeremiah Hannon and Marquavious Ware.

Both teens were charged with second-degree assault – a Measure 11 crime. They made their first court appearance on Monday.

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