Randolph's home searched in assault, pot case

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Randolph's home searched in assault, pot case

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Posted on August 23, 2011 at 7:23 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 23 at 7:41 AM

WEST LINN, Ore. -- A man claims he was assaulted after trying to sell marijuana to former Portland Trail Blazer Zach Randolph at his home in West Linn Sunday.

James Beasley, 26, told KGW that he went to Randolph's home to sell marijuana and when there was a disagreement over price, so several men beat him up and hit him with a pool stick.

"He (Randolph) snatched it like basically saying, 'I'm taking your weed," Beasley said.

After Beasley told the same story to detectives from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, they searched Randolph's home around 12:30 Sunday morning. Clackamas County Sheriff's Sgt. James Rhodes said evidence taken from the home backs up the victim's allegations.

Randolph, who was not considered a suspect in this case, was home while the search took place, police said. Police said they do have descriptions of suspects, but no arrests have been made yet.

Beasley said he suffered a concussion in the attack.  His brother, Robert, told KGW that they were upset with Randolph for not stopping the attack.

"I am very, very disappointed," said Robert. "Zach was there and should have stopped it. He could have stopped it.'

Attempts to reach Randolph for comment were unsuccessful Sunday.

This would be the second violent incident involving one of Randolph's friends this year. On New Year's Day, a nightclub bouncer was shot to death in downtown Portland. Kevin Moffett, a known member of Randolph's entourage, was later arrested and charged with the crime.

Randolph was drafted by the Trail Blazers in 2001 in the first round. He won the NBA's Most Improved Player Award in 2004 and continued with the Blazers until 2007 after signing an $84 million contract extension.  Since then, he has played for the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies, his current team.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking information regarding this latest investigation at Randolph's West Linn home. Anyone with tips was asked to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office at 503-723-4949, or by using the online e-mail form. The case is reference #11-25154.

KGW Reporter Kyle Iboshi contributed to this report

 

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