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Man attacked at Rocky Butte feels police aren't doing enough to find the suspects

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Oscar Garcia in the hospital after the attack at Rocky Butte Oscar Garcia in the hospital after the attack at Rocky Butte

FOX 12’s Most Wanted attacked a young man at Rocky Butte, breaking his nose and his back. He filed a police report, but now Oscar Garcia and his girlfriend feel investigators are not making their case a priority.

“We were there for the view, you know. We were taking pictures and minding our own business,” said Garcia.

It was late at night on June 22 and Garcia and Hailey Wentworth had just taken in the picturesque view from Rocky Butte. They were walking back down to their car when Wentworth says a group of intoxicated men started throwing bottles at them. They rushed to get in the car, but Garcia says one man went further and pounded on their window.

"I got out of the car, hey, we don't want trouble. Before I said anything – straight to the face. That's when he grabbed me, threw me to the ground and his friend joined in."

Garcia said more than 15 people punched and kicked him and threw him down an embankment. When he got back up to the road, he said they came at him again. Wentworth recalls it was terrifying.

“I was calling 911 and freaking out,” Wentworth said. “I tried to get involved to get one of the guys off of him, but I ended up getting pushed far.”

Police responded within a couple minutes but the group was already gone.

Even with Garcia in the hospital, the pair did some searching on social media and found the man they think initiated the attack. They gave the information to police but now, two weeks later, they say they still haven't gotten a response.

"We said we know who the guy is and we need your help,” said Wentworth. “We figured out who the guy is and we just need your help. But they haven't contacted me back and I've called numerous times.”

Luckily, Garcia is back on his feet and healing quickly. But he and Wentworth just want to know their case is a priority for police.

"We just hope they do something about it and actually take it serious, because this is a serious matter."

Portland Police won’t share details, but they say Garcia’s case is under investigation.

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