According to Portland police, the suspect approached a mother and her young son outside the Tin Shed cafe and, without any provocation, forcefully punched the boy in the face. Witnesses reported seeing Spencer's fist connect with the child's forehead, sending the boy flying into the air before landing backward and hitting his head on the sidewalk.
Thankfully, residents quickly restrained Spencer until police arrived. Upon arrest, Spencer allegedly said, "I want to go back to prison." He has since been booked and charged with disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment, and assault. He is currently being held in Multnomah County Jail without bail due to his prior felony record, which includes convictions for sodomy and sex abuse.
Despite the violent incident, the young boy reportedly told authorities he was "okay." However, the community has been left reeling, with many expressing their concerns about the rise in crime in Portland in recent years. The city broke its record for homicides in November 2022, with 93 reported cases, surpassing the previous record of 90 in 2021.
Additionally, the city has been grappling with a significant homelessness crisis, with a 50 percent increase in homelessness since 2019. These issues have left many residents feeling unsafe and frustrated, bringing renewed attention to the community's challenges.