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Large groups of teens block traffic in separate Portland disturbances

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Police responded to two separate large groups of teens blocking traffic and causing disturbances in Portland Saturday night.

The first situation unfolded at 10:30 p.m. near Southeast 72nd and Flavel Street. Callers to 911 said a group as large as 100 people blocked traffic and some members attacked a man walking on the sidewalk.

Officers arrived and talked to a 56-year-old man who said five to six teens ran toward him and one of them punched him in the face.

A witness described the attacker as a black man in his early 20s wearing a white baseball cap, white T-shirt and dark blue jeans.

Officers believe the group was connected with a house party at the La Hacienda Apartments, located at 7920 SE 72nd Ave.

About 30 minutes later, police were called to a similar disturbance at Southeast 122nd and Holgate. Officers said a group of about 100 teens associated with a house party in the area began blocking traffic.

Officers from the Transit Police Division and the Gang Enforcement Team responded to assist officers with clearing the crowd out of the street.

Investigators said someone in the crowd started throwing rocks at police cars. Officers were not able to determine who threw the rocks. Police maintained a large presence in the area until the crowd dispersed out of the neighborhood.

Investigators said it does not appear the two incidents were related.

The Portland Police Bureau said the city's curfew for minors under the age of 14 in the summer is between 10:15 p.m. and 6 a.m. For kids between the ages of 14 and 17, the curfew is from midnight to 6 a.m.

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