PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - Detectives are investigating after they say a pickup driver was attacked in downtown Portland on Sunday night and left unconscious with injuries.
The assault occurred just before 10:30 p.m. near Southwest Taylor Street and Broadway. Investigators believe the driver, a man, may have been trying to help a person who had some of their things stolen near Southwest Taylor and 4th Avenue, where the incident began.
The initial accident call to officers reported that protesters were chasing a white Ford truck, which had crashed, with protesters reportedly dragging the driver out of his car, according to officers. A witness before officers arrived on scene said nine or 10 people were "beating the guy," police said.
The driver after the attack was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to recover. Police said they are aware of video on social media showing events leading up to the assault of the driver.
"The series of events was carried out in different locations involving many different people," according to police. "This in an ongoing investigation and the Police Bureau will provide further information as it is available."
Police have not been able to contact the person they believe the driver was trying to help and their identity is unknown. Officers would like to speak to the person and ask anyone with additional information about the ongoing investigation to contact Detective Brent Christensen at 503-823-2087 or at Brent.Christensen@portlandoregon.gov.
Mayor Ted Wheeler released a statement regarding the incident on Monday night:
I denounce all violence, including the assaults that were filmed and posted to social media last night. The work this community and others nationally are doing towards criminal justice reform and racial justice are in an effort to make our communities safer. Assaults like these make our community less safe.
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