Pictured: the protester who kicked truck driver in the head is wanted by the Portland police
Police has identified a 25-year-old suspect who is believed to have kicked a man unconscious in Portland.
The suspect that the police has identified is Marquise Love, also known as ‘Keese Love‘. He is wanted after a video of the assault went viral, showing Love viciously kick a driver unconscious on Sunday evening. The victim is believed to have been trying to help a transgender woman from being robbed before the attack occurred. Family members of the victim have identified him as Adam Haner. According to the Daily Mail, the assault had taken place only blocks away from a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Oregon’s capital.
Portland: A man accused of trying to run over protesters crashed his vehicle. BLM & Antifa militants then pull him from the car and violently assault him. pic.twitter.com/DiUbV9Mcy5
— Kalen From Scriberr (@FromKalen) August 17, 2020
Witness Drew Hernandez spoke about Sunday’s incident.
Hernandez told Fox News that the victim “was possibly defending a transgender woman being beaten and robbed by Black Lives Matter protesters when the mob turned their attention to him and his female companion. He got into the truck and drove away as he and the woman were being attacked“. What is more, he further explained that he believes the man had driven away out of fear and had revved his truck’s engine in order to scare away the violent crowd.
This, however, was seen as a threat that he would run them over. However, the witness reportedly claimed: “I think he was just trying to scare them because, to be honest with you, if you really wanted to run someone over, he definitely could have done it.”
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) August 18, 2020
The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) issued a press release in which they discussed the incident.
PPB has stated that the victim has been released from hospital and is now recovering; what is more, the Portland Police Bureau commented on the transgender woman that the victim was allegedly trying to help as they wrote:
Investigators are still trying to locate a transgender female who had some of her things stolen in the area of Southwest Taylor and 4th Ave, the location where this incident began. That person has not been contacted and their identity is unknown. Investigators would like to speak to this person.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective Brent Christensen at 503-823-2087 or at Brent.Christensen@portlandoregon.gov.