GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) – Two people face attempted murder charges after a man was intentionally run down while on a Gresham sidewalk late Wednesday night.
The incident began at the 7-Eleven at East Burnside and SE 188th around 11:49 p.m. when people called 911 to report a fight.
The victim’s head was smashed inside a glass window at the 7-Eleven, but he got up, walked through the front of the store, rounded the corner and then was intentionally run over on the sidewalk, Gresham police told KOIN 6 News.
Store clerk Javier Neri told KOIN 6 News he just began his shift when “I seen 2 guys just fighting out there.”
Neri said he saw one man — later identified as Coutier — picking up a tire iron. He said it appeared Coutier was going to beat the man.
“Next thing I know I seen the black kid, or black guy pretty much hit the window,” Neri said.
As officers responded, the victim — who has not yet been identified — fled north on SE 188th.
When police rounded the corner from East Burnside onto 188th, they heard screams coming from the north and immediately headed toward the disturbance.
Just north of the 7-Eleven, police found the man on the sidewalk. He suffered critical and life-threatening injuries after he was intentionally run over by a 1991 Jeep Wrangler, police said.
Police and bystanders said the victim was doing everything to get away from his attackers. Witnesses gave police a good description of the Jeep and police found it near 185th and Sandy.
“We do have witnesses that say the man was on the sidewalk, all the evidence points that way – that he was trying to get away from these folks and they were actively seeking to hurt him,” said Gresham Police Officer John Rasmussen.
The driver, Russell Courtier, and his passenger, Colleen Hunt, have both been charged with attempted murder, 1st-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon.
Detectives are trying to figure out what caused the fight in the first place.
“It’s hard to say at this point,” Rasmussen said. “We run into people who get into altercations over a look, over a word, and we don’t know what started in this case.”