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$1,000 reward offered in skateboard attack at Portland Outdoor Store

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Detectives hope a sketch of a suspect and a $1,000 reward will lead to an arrest in the case of a Portland Outdoor Store employee who was attacked by a skateboard-wielding "street kid."

Larry Allen, 70, has worked at the store on Southwest Third Avenue for 35 years. To regular customers, he's as iconic as the store's neon Portland Outdoor Store sign.

He was spraying the sidewalks outside the store with a hose as a group of approximately eight kids sat on the sidewalks along Oak Street on Monday at 2:30 p.m.

"I said well you guys better move down, because you're going to get wet," Allen said. "Then this girl came up, right in my face, started saying I can't believe you're watering the sidewalk with all of us here."

"Before I knew it, she grabbed the nozzle, twisted the nozzle and got herself all wet," he said. "I think that was probably an excuse to start something."

Witnesses told police the group of "street kids" ambushed Allen, and one of them hit him in the head with a skateboard.

"I don't know exactly which part of the skateboard hit me here," Allen said, gesturing at the nasty gash above his right eye.

Detectives believe there may be several witnesses associated with the suspect who haven't spoken to police.

The attacker is described as a white man in his 20s and 6' tall with a thin build, light-colored eyes and blonde-brownish hair. He was with at least two other males and one female at the time of the attack.

Anyone with information is asked to call 503-823-4357 or visit crimestoppersoforegon.com.

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