Two arrested after suspected assault of Portland bus driver

By Dave Kern, Columbian assistant metro editor

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photoChristopher Charles Jones
photoTonari Leeivory Harris

Two men were arrested Sunday in connection with the suspected assault of a TriMet driver.

Portland police said the driver was punched in the face about 1:40 p.m. while stopped at the Jantzen Beach shopping center on Portland’s Hayden Island.

Police said two men boarded the bus with a dog and were told by the driver that the dog could not be on the bus. After the two told the driver that the dog was a service animal, he allowed the dog on board.

When the men got off the bus, one punched the driver in the face, police said. The driver did not need medical attention, police said.

Police later found the men in the area.

Arrested was 19-year-old Christopher Charles Jones of Portland for suspicion of third-degree assault and fourth-degree assault.

His companion, Tonari Leeivory Harris, 24, of Portland was not arrested in connection with the suspected assault but was arrested on three Clark County arrest warrants. Both men were booked into the Multnomah County Jail. The dog was given to a family member.