Man who knocked out intruder describes attack

Man who knocked out intruder describes attack

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by Jeff Thompson and Sara Roth, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on January 7, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 7 at 8:42 PM

PORTLAND -- A man who grabbed a gun from an armed intruder and knocked him down the stairs said the adrenaline rush fueled him to fight off his assailant.

On Monday night, a man with a gun kicked in the front door of the Portland home in the 10300 block of North Tyler Avenue and demanded money from one of the home's residents, 20-year-old Devin Vaughn.

Instead of complying with the intruder's request, Vaughn said he grabbed the man's pistol-grip shotgun and quickly pushed the suspect down the stairs, knocking him unconscious.  

According to Vaughn, the adrenaline rush and hearing his mother crying in the background fueled him to fight off 38-year-old Joshua McCoy.

"I grabbed the shotgun and hit him at the same time and we kind of fall down the stairs a little bit," Vaughn recalled. "But he doesn't fall down the stairs. He just falls straight back, and that's when he hits his head on the doorknob."  

By the time officers arrived, the suspect was detained by Vaughn and his mother.

"He tried to get up again, so we kind of fought again. After I knocked him in the head a good time he just sat there and was like, 'OK, I'm done," Vaughn said. 

McCoy was taken to a Portland hospital and treated for injuries he suffered during the fall.  He was later booked into the Multnomah County Jail on robbery charges.

Detectives do not know why McCoy allegedly targeted the home and they asked that anyone with information on the robbery call detective Brett Hawkinson at 503-823-1080 or send an email here.

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