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Police: Man kicked disabled bus rider, hit him with champagne bottle

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

An altercation that began on a TriMet bus in southeast Portland led to a disabled man getting hit with a champagne bottle, according to court documents.

Police were called to Southeast 34th Avenue near Belmont Street at 6 p.m. Monday.

The victim, being identified only as Shane, wears leg braces and has brain and nerve damage. He told police he was taking the bus to a friend's house, a probable cause affidavit states.

He said a stranger on the bus kicked him in the legs a couple of times. When that man exited the bus, Shane told police that he followed the man and yelled at him over being kicked in the legs.

Court documents state the man, Tyler Nees, 27, went into a grocery store, but Shane did not follow him.

However, as Shane waited to catch another bus, he spotted Nees. Court documents state Shane tried to make contact with Nees again, "as he was still upset," but Nees turned around and hit him and pushed him to the ground.

Shane told police that Nees then kicked him, "too many times to count."

A probable cause affidavit says Shane got back to his feet and tried to grab the suspect's backpack to keep him from leaving the scene. At that point, Nees is accused of reaching into the backpack, pulling out a bottle of champagne and swinging it at Shane's head.

Shane was able to duck, but the bottle grazed and cut his right eye, according to court documents. Nees then ran away.

A witness account of the incident was reported to police. According to court documents, the witness said Nees was sitting at a coffee table near 34th and Belmont when Shane sat down at another table and yelled at him.

The witness told police Nees got up and walked away, but came back and started assaulting Shane, "and hit him numerous times with the backpack."

The witness also said Nees took out a bottle and hit Shane in the head with it, a probable cause affidavit states.

Nees was arraigned in court Tuesday on the charge of second-degree assault. His bail was set at $250,000 and he is due back in court April 16.

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