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Man pistol-whipped during robbery

Two suspects kicked in door on 205th Place

A 32-year-old Gresham man reported being pistol-whipped and kicked during a home-invasion robbery in the 200 block of Southeast 205th Place at 2:30 a.m. Sunday, March 18.

The victim sustained a swollen, two-inch welt on his forehead above his left eye, a half-inch gash on his head and a crooked and swollen nose. He was treated at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center.

Two suspects kicked or rammed open his locked front door, assaulted the victim in his bedroom and rifled through the duplex. They took his keys and wallet, which contained $20, identification, a bank card and the like.

The victim told police that he woke up when his bedcovers were pulled off of him. He sat up and was hit in the forehead with a heavy blunt object, knocking him to the ground. The next thing he knew, someone kicked him in face, injuring his nose. Either one or both of the suspects leaned over him, stuck two semi-automatic pistols in his face and demanded to know where his former roommate was.

The victim said he didn't know.

'If you call the cops, we'll smoke you,' said one of the suspects before leaving. The victim waited about a minute before getting up and going outside. There he found one of the suspects standing in his driveway saying, 'Let me smoke this fool, let me smoke this fool.'

The victim ran back into his home and left about 10 minutes later. Also, as he left, he noticed his keys and wallet were missing.

He told police he didn't know his attackers, who were wearing ski masks.

Police contacted the 23-year-old man the suspects were asking about. He told police that he fears the home-invasion robbery is linked to a pending assault case he's involved in.

In January, the man was accused of a Gresham assault involving two men, one of whom reportedly wanted to take his shotgun and find the suspect. At the time, police took a gun away from one of those victims for safekeeping.

The 23-year-old man was arrested on charges of assault, felony identity theft and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument four days before the home invasion robbery.