Female judge, prosecutor hurt in alleged punching rampage

An Oregon man punched or smacked five women before a court appearance this week, including a prosecutor and a judge who was knocked to the ground, authorities said.

Lewis Aaron Ellis — a 46-year-old convict who spent more than three years in prison for punching several strangers during random attacks in 2015 — allegedly hit prosecutor Stacy Heyworth and Judge Pro Tem Monica Herranz early Wednesday while walking between the Multnomah County Justice Center and the Multnomah County Courthouse, The Oregonian reports.

Herranz told Portland police Ellis decked her with a “full, violent swing” to the back of her head, knocking her to ground and skinning her knees. Heyworth said Ellis struck her hard enough to knock off her glasses and and minor head injuries.

Ellis also allegedly punched another woman, identified as Nicole Veluscek, in the head. He was arraigned Thursday on five counts of fourth-degree assault and two counts of harassment.

Ellis, who was freed from prison just three months ago, was sent to prison in 2015 after punching a stranger in her eye before punching a couple on a regional train system, court records show.

It’s unclear if Ellis had any prior interactions with Heyworth or Herranz, although he has a criminal record dating back decades, with prior convictions for theft, assault and burglary, according to the newspaper.

Ellis remained jailed Friday at the Multnomah County Detention Center in lieu of $2,500 bail, online records show. It’s unclear if he’s hired an attorney.

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