Multnomah County
District Attorney

1200 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 5200
Portland, OR 97204
503-988-3162

Multnomah County District Attorney

 
1200 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 5200
| Portland, OR 97204
| 503-988-3162
 

DA Mike Schmidt Announces Guilty Verdict, Judge’s Sentence for Assault on TriMet Platform

May 17, 2023

Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that a Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge sentenced Raziel Olam Briah, 38, to 70 months in prison for an assault at a TriMet MAX station last summer. A jury found Briah guilty of:

  • One count of Assault in the Second Degree
  • One Count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon
  • One Count of Menacing

This conviction stems from an incident on July 27, 2022, when Briah, armed with a large knife, became fixated on a man waiting at the N. Prescott St. MAX Station. Briah charged the man, unprovoked. As the victim ran away, Briah pulled out his knife and slashed the victim’s forearm, causing a large gash and lasting effects.  

The trial took place on May 8th and 9th, resulting in a guilty verdict from the 12-person jury. Judge Jenna Plank imposed the 70-month prison sentence after the guilty verdict.

Briah is currently in custody in Multnomah County and will be transported to the Oregon Department of Corrections to serve his sentence.

Deputy District Attorney Julian Samuels prosecuted this case. The DA’s Office thanks TriMet partners and Transit Police for their assistance.

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