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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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge