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Violent attack on man in Vancouver still unsolved, police ask for help

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Christopher Brewster, courtesy of Vancouver Police. Christopher Brewster, courtesy of Vancouver Police.

After more than five months, a violent attack on a man in Vancouver still hasn’t been solved, and now police are turning to the public for help.

Police say Christopher Brewster was violently attacked on the night of April 23rd near West 21st Street and Columbia Street.

“It stayed with me for quite a while,” a woman who witnessed the attack said Monday.

The woman, who asked not to be identified, said she heard a commotion and looked out her window to see two men dragging another man – later identified as Brewster – toward the street corner.

At first, she thought perhaps he’d had too much to drink and they were trying to help; she quickly realized that was not the case.

“He was having a hard time breathing, he had been hit in the head with beer bottles and was bleeding a lot,” she recalled.  “They kicked him and he laid there lifeless, and then they walked around a little bit, probably wondering what to do, and then they just walked away.”

She and other neighbors called police and came outside to try and help, but Brewster was unresponsive.

Five months later, police say he still hasn’t regained consciousness and his attackers have never been found.

“You keep replaying it and trying to figure out what could we have done differently or what could we have done to help,” she said.  “It stayed with me for quite a while.”

The attack has also been on the mind of fellow neighbor Luke Kelly, who heard it started as some kind of confrontation at a bar down the street.  But he doesn’t know what was said or why Brewster would have been attacked.

“He doesn’t live far from here and he just likes to go up and have a few beers, play a little ping pong,” Kelly said, recounting what he heard from Brewster’s daughter when she was searching for answers after the attack. 

But there aren’t many.

Detectives have exhausted leads in the case, but still no arrests have been made.

Now, Crime Stoppers of Oregon is partnering with Vancouver Police to offer a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case.  You can leave an anonymous tip by calling 503-823-HELP (4357), or texting “823HELP” followed by the tip to 274637 (CRIMES).  You can also do it online at

“One of the neighbors told me they were just dragging his face through the asphalt,” Kelly added. “[He was] just left for dead.  And it’s just a shame they haven’t caught them yet.”

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