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Man who attacked MAX operator sentenced to six months in jail

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Steven James Caldwell, jail booking photo. Steven James Caldwell, jail booking photo.

A man who kicked and punched a MAX operator after yelling about free speech was sentenced to six months in jail.

Steven James Caldwell, 23, pleaded guilty to charges of third-degree assault and interfering with a peace officer last month. He was sentenced in court Tuesday.

Caldwell was arrested in June. Other passengers alerted the MAX operator that Caldwell was causing a disruption while yelling about free speech.

A week earlier, three men were stabbed and two of them killed on a MAX train at the Hollywood Transit Center by a suspect who had been yelling hate speech at passengers, according to police.

A probable cause affidavit states Caldwell attacked the operator when the TriMet employee approached him and told him to leave the train.

Caldwell was arrested in the area of Southeast 102nd and Burnside after ignoring commands from police and advancing on an officer’s vehicle. The officer drew his weapon and took Caldwell into custody.

Court documents state Caldwell appeared to be under the influence of meth at the time and admitted kicking the MAX operator because, “he thought he could take it.”

Along with six months in jail, Caldwell received three years formal probation and he must participate in an in-patient drug treatment program.

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