Byron Earl Burks

Byron Earl Burks, booking photo (Courtesy: Multnomah County Jail)

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - The Portland Police Bureau says a man has been arrested in connection with separate assaults that sent two people to the hospital.

The first assault occurred on June 24, at about 6:10 p.m. Police said a man was standing on the sidewalk near Southwest 6th Avenue and Southwest Morrison Street when an unknown suspect approached him and assaulted him without provocation. The victim fell to the ground with a head injury. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Police said the second assault occurred on July 10, just after 8:30 p.m., near Southwest 6th Avenue and West Burnside Street. Another man was standing on the sidewalk when an unknown suspect assaulted him. The victim was taken to an area hospital with a serious head injury.

In both cases, the assaults were stranger-on-stranger and unprovoked, and the suspect description was very similar, according to police. During the investigation, police said officers were able to identify the suspect as 34-year-old Byron Earl Burks.

Central Precinct Neighborhood Response Team officers were driving through Old Town near Northwest 6th Avenue and Northwest Davis Street on Wednesday morning when they recognized Burks standing on the sidewalk nearby and arrested him. Burks was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of second-degree assault and two counts of fourth-degree assault.

Police said the investigations are ongoing. Anyone with information about either case is encouraged to email and reference the corresponding case number: June 24 - 21-161513 or July 10 - 21-188627. There may have been other people assaulted by Burks who have not reported it to police. Police said those people are encouraged to call and make the report.

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(12) comments

Delta Bravo

Mayor Wheeler encourages community to come back downtown for weekend celebration --- This guy must be the official greeter for Ted's event.


Hate Crime. - Enhanced Penalty, He hates anybody white.

Al Bundy

LOL @ KPTV. "Unknown suspect" is used twice to describe the black male assailant. However, race is front and center when it's a mentally ill white man that gets shot by police. Oh, and the story of a white guy being shot by police disappears from their front page as soon as the cop's name is released.


The city of lawlessness.


Johann Hardesty was this a result of white privledge or BLM gone wrong ?


Yet another reason I NEVER go downtown thanks to Ted and Mike. Good job you two. He will probably be let go because of you.

Al Bundy

Portland is a 24/7 crime show.

Al Bundy

Downtown Portland is a 24/7 crime show.

Worst PDX Mayor Ever

Why is race not mentioned with the victims? If both victims are non-black, then these are hate crimes, and should be charged accordingly. Secondly, don't be so oblivious and lacking in awareness of one's surroundings. I'm so vigilant when it comes to stuff like this these days, that there's no way some random thug would get a chance to pull something like this. I avoid Portland like the plague, but if I had to go anywhere in the city, where I had to park and get out, I would have my right hand on my holster the entire time.

Al Bundy

But he was just an "unknown suspect".

Al Bundy

Yup. It's freaking Mad Max down there.


He apparently is a white supremacist.

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