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Gresham man allegedly attacks Walmart shopper with hammer

Jonathan Edward Jones, who smiled during the attack, faces multiple charges
by: Contributed photo Jonathan Jones

A smiling Gresham man is accused of bludgeoning a Walmart shopper with a hammer, but stopped when a good Samaritan intervened.

Jonathan Edward Jones, 31, who lives in the 300 block of Northeast 202nd Avenue, faces allegations of attempted murder, first-degree attempted assault and menacing for the Monday, June 27, attack, said Det. Jim Strovink, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

Jones also is being held on a Multnomah County warrant for disorderly conduct.

The victim, Harry Anderson, 59, of Milwaukie, was approaching his car in the Walmart parking lot in the 10000 block of Southeast 82nd Avenue at about 5:35 p.m. when he was struck in the back of the head.

The suspect, who was armed with a hammer, immediately came around to face Anderson and reportedly hit him in the forehead. The victim raised his arm and blocked a third blow, allowing him to deflect the strike and push the suspect - who was smiling - away.

A good Samaritan who saw the attack - identified as John Curran, 36, of Happy Valley - came to the victim's aid, Strovink said. Detectives believe this is what caused the suspect to flee.

Other witnesses followed the suspect until sheriff's deputies arrived. After a short chase on foot, deputies caught the man near a Sears Outlet Store parking lot about a block away.

The victim was treated for head injuries and released from Providence Milwaukie Hospital.