Tuesday, February 21, 2006
By RAELYNN RICARTE
News staff writer
February 4, 2006
An adult male walking west on Sherman Avenue, near Second Street, was mugged about 3 a.m. on Monday by two unknown assailants.
However, Hood River City Police Chief Bruce Ludwig does not believe the Jan. 30 assault was in any way connected with two other violent incidents. He said the rape of a Markham Road woman and a separate attack on a female from the Heights does not even appear to be related.
“We don’t want to create an atmosphere of fear. There is no reason to believe this event is connected in any way to the other incidents,” he said.
Detective Stan Baker said the male victim reported that the attack against him occurred after two men eastbound in a soft-top Jeep Wrangler stopped to ask for directions.
The driver, a husky Caucasian man who stood about 6 feet tall, got out of the dark-colored vehicle and approached the victim on foot. He asked where Second Street was located and the victim started to turn toward the east to point out the location.
At that moment, the driver began to make angry accusations and punched the victim repeatedly; landing blows in his eye and mouth.
Police Detective Stan Baker said the victim spun away after several moments and leaned over in pain. He was then grabbed from behind by the driver and his arms immobilized in a full nelson.
According to Baker, the passenger, another Caucasian man who stood about 5 feet 10 inches tall, got out of the Jeep.
He approached the victim from the side and hit him in the rib cage with a hard object about two feet long. The victim, who was immobilized, believes that is when the second attacker removed about $50 in cash from his wallet.
When the passenger came around the front of his body, the victim rallied and began to kick at the subject. Baker said the driver then threw the victim into some nearby bushes.
At that point, the assailants jumped into the Jeep and sped away from the scene. The victim ran home and called 9-1-1 for help. He was reported to have sustained no broken bones from the beatings.
Baker said the driver had light brown to blond hair and scruffy facial hair. He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. The victim did not get as good a look at the passenger, except that he was skinny, looked “weasly” and wore black high-tops.
“We believe this was a random event. This man was just in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Baker said.
He asks that anyone with knowledge of the vehicle or males matching that description call his office at 387-5251.
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