CRIMINALS MAY TRACK MAX RIDERS
NANCY MCCARTHY - of The Oregonian staff
Riders taking the
MAX train to East Multnomah County, beware:
MAX may not be your friend.
the train provides an easy commute between Portland and
Gresham, it also attracts trouble. ``My sense
is that things are pretty
easy pickings,'' said Steve C. Tillinghast,
Tri-Met security director. `
`I fear the park-and-ride lots are the targets.''
Car prowlers break
into cars or steal them outright at park-and-ride lots from
Gateway to the end of the line in Gresham, according
to police reports.
Rock throwers occasionally
station themselves along the tracks on East Burnside
Street between 172nd and 181st avenues. Sometimes
they hit their target: A rock
went through a train window in July and shattered
the glass above the rider.
The rider received minor injuries.
waiting for MAX or departing the train may be robbed or assaulted.
A young Gresham woman waiting for a train at
a station on 188th Avenue and
Southeast Stark Street recently was harassed
by three youths and hit in the face by
one of them.
But there is good
news for Gresham riders. Two Gresham police officers will
be hired for Tri-Met's security unit in October.
The cost for the officers, vehicle
and supplies will be about $110,000, Tillinghast
The officers will
be added to the 14 police officers and two sergeants already
in the security unit, he said. -- Nancy McCarthy
1994 Oregonian Publishing Co.
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