The mother of a man who was punched in southeast Portland earlier this month and went into a week-long coma says her son still has a long way to go in his rehabilitation.
“He’s not doing too good,” said Kathy Flynn, Chad Twilleager’s mom. “He’s not out of the woods yet. He still has to go in every day to the Trauma Center. He’s got bleeding on the brain. He’s gone to speech therapy.”
The Portland Police Bureau reports that just after midnight on July 3, Twilleager and his family stopped at a 7-Eleven at the junction of Southeast 148 Avenue and Southeast Stark Street. Twilleager observed a man who he thought was fentanyl-using in front of Twilleager’s kids.
The man and Twilleager engaged in a “verbal altercation,” according to the police. The guy then struck Twilleager in the face “without warning,” knocking him out. Twilleager smacked his head when he landed on the pavement.
He had two brain bleeds, a damaged nose, and a broken cheekbone. He also spent a week in a coma. Flynn traveled from Prineville to Portland to be with her son.
“I was able to see him,” said Flynn. “He’s not doing too good, but he’s doing better than he was. At least he is not in a coma. It’s extremely hard. It’s hard to talk. He has seizures. He has a long road ahead of him.”
Police in Portland, Oregon, issued images and a description of the suspect and asked anyone with information to get in touch.
“I would like to find the gentleman who did this to my son,” said Flynn. “Hopefully we can get him and he doesn’t do this to anyone else.”
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Flynn has created a GoFundMe account to cover her son’s medical costs and to raise money for a reward that will be used to find the culprit.
PB made available many images and the suspect’s profile:
- White male, aged 22 to 29.
- 6 feet 3 inches or so tall.
- weight about 160 pounds and has a slender physique.
- His elbow to his left hand is covered in tattoos.
- The blue plaid shirt, beige slacks, camouflage baseball cap, and black shoes were last seen on the person.
- After the assault, he departed while towing the wagon shown.
Detective Matt Brown can be reached at [email protected]. Please refer to case #23-175137 if you contact him.
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