A 78-year-old Hillsboro man was the victim of a horrific attack at a Gresham MAX station Tuesday morning when another man allegedly chewed off his ear and part of his face, police confirmed.
The mauling was so severe that first responders at the scene could see the man’s skull, police said.
Gresham police officers and a Multnomah County Sheriff’s deputy responded just after 2 a.m. to what they were told was a possible stabbing at the Cleveland Avenue MAX station, at 1250 N.E. Eighth Street. Witnesses said there was a large amount of blood on the platform.
When they arrived, police found the suspect still attacking the victim.
In 911 dispatch audio from early Tuesday morning, a responder can be heard saying: “Half of this guy’s face appears to be chewed off.”
The victim was taken to the hospital; police have not provided an update about his condition.
The suspect gave the fake name “El Baker” when he was arrested, police said. Using fingerprint technology, Multnomah County Jail identified his real name.
Koryn Kraemer, 25, who police said recently moved to Portland from Georgia, is in custody facing likely second-degree assault charges.
Detectives are investigating whether drugs played a role in the attack.
The MAX Blue Line was not in service at the time of the attack, TriMet said Tuesday afternoon.