Police: Man arrested for assaulting MAX operator

Paramedics checked out the driver at the scene

A Blue Line train rolls into downtown Portland, April 3, 2017 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man was arrested after police say he assaulted a MAX operator near NE 102nd and Burnside on Friday afternoon.

A June 2, 2017 booking photo of Steven Caldwell. (MCSO)
A June 2, 2017 booking photo of Steven Caldwell. (MCSO)

Portland police said it was around 2:15 that suspect Steven Caldwell was causing a disruption on a blue line MAX. Passengers reported he was yelling about the First Amendment and making loud noises.

Over the PA system, the operator asked Caldwell to stop yelling, but he did not stop. Police said when the operator left the cab to tell suspect to leave the train, Caldwell hit and kicked him.

According to police, other riders moved Caldwell away from the operator.

Police said the operator was accessed by paramedics for minor injuries at the scene but wasn’t taken to the hospital.

Police took 23-year-old Caldwell into custody and booked him into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of fourth degree assault, disorderly conduct, interfering with public transportation and interfering with a peace officer.