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Police identify suspect behind vicious attack on driver was kicked unconscious in Portland

Portland Police have identified a suspect in a sickening attack on a truck driver over the weekend, who was seen in a viral video being knocked unconscious by a kick to the head from a protester while he was trying to stop a transgender woman from being robbed. 

The Portland Police Bureau is now on the hunt for 25-year-old Marquise Love, known by friends as ‘Keese Love’, for his apparent involvement in the vicious attack on Sunday. 

Police said the victim was trying to help a transgender woman who had some of her belongings stolen at the scene. 

‘That person has not been contacted and their identity is unknown. Investigators would like to speak to this person,’ police said in a statement Tuesday.

Police say they have left Love a number of messages, urging him to hand himself in, but have so far received no response. They say they have a probable cause for his arrest. 

The incident took place shortly before 10:30pm Sunday, just blocks away from a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Oregon’s capital outside of the federal courthouse.

Police received a 911 call from a bystander who reported that a group of protesters were ‘chasing a white Ford’ four-by-four truck, which then crashed into a tree in the downtown area, a press release says.

In the footage, demonstrators are seen hauling the man out from his truck and throwing him to the ground. The victim appeared dazed and was profusely bleeding from the head.

He was ordered to sit on the ground and told to ‘wait for police to arrive.’ The man, who some activists claimed had driven towards them, was then knocked clean unconscious by a vicious kick to the side of his head from behind.

As he lay unconscious on the ground, shouts of ‘Black Lives Matter’ were heard as other protesters attempted to provide first aid.

Others began ransacking the man’s truck and when questioned by bystanders, they explained that they were simply ‘checking for weapons.’

Police said they received another call estimating that around nine or 10 people were ‘beating the guy’ as he lay in the street.

A post allegedly uploaded to Love’s Snapchat account the same evening appeared to reference the attack, in which he wrote: ‘Might go to jail for a racist tonight when all i did was fight him look it up on twitter put money on my books and come see me.’

By the time police arrived on scene the suspect had disappeared and the victim was unconscious on the ground. He was taken to hospital but has since been released and is now recovering, police say.

He has not been publicly named by police, but a GoFundMe page identified the victim as Adam Haner.

In the fundraiser, set up by his brother Brian, Haner is said to have suffered a number of injuries, in addition to unspecified items being stolen from his truck.

‘Hoping this money will help Adam get things together for his life after the attack he suffered. I know he will need repairs, or to replace the truck that was wrecked,’ Brian Haner wrote. ‘He is going to need time to recover from his injuries as well. Plus replace things that where stolen from his pick-up that night.’

Brian Haner added that his brother would ‘give the shirt of his back to help any of the people around him, and he really doesn’t deserve what happened to him in Portland.

‘Adam was trying to help someone and was then attacked,’ he continued.

The Portland Police Department has not yet responded to a request to confirm Haner’s identity. 

Investigators now say the victim was believed to have been helping a ‘transgender female who had some of her things stolen in the area of Southwest Taylor and 4th Ave,’ before the assault occurred.

David Hernandez, who shot the graphic footage, shared the same theory, claiming the victim was defending the transgender woman from being beaten and robbed by protesters, when the group turned their attention to the truck driver and his female companion.

The unnamed man then got into his truck and drove away as he and the woman became a target, but crashed in the pursuit, Hernandez said.

‘I think he just felt extremely threatened,’ Hernandez said in an interview. ‘They chased him… until he finally crashed. When they finally caught up to him, they went nuts.

‘This was violent, extremely violent,’ he said. ‘Sometimes I forget I’m walking the streets of an American city in the Northwest. Sometimes it feels like you’re walking in a Third World county.’

Earlier footage shows the truck parked outside a 7-Eleven, with some rioters kicking it and attacking the man through the window, as others shout, ‘He didn’t do nothing.’

Hernandez said that after violence erupted on Sunday – which has become a nightly occurrence in the city – groups of protesters have attacked random bystanders.

‘It’s literally like just one thing after another,’ he said. ‘Just these random people, they start physically assaulting.’

Sgt. Kevin Allen, a police spokesman, said that the rioters ‘were chasing the truck before it crashed, and they assaulted the driver after the crash.’

Allen said that officers ‘encountered a hostile crowd and a squad from the Rapid Response Team responded to help secure the scene while the investigation was underway.’

Police said they have not yet been able to identify the transgender woman who may have been robbed.

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