Family: Boy attacked in Wendy's trying to heal

Family: Boy attacked in Wendy's trying to heal

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by Teresa Blackman, kgw.com Staff

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Posted on July 4, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 4 at 5:15 PM

PORTLAND -- The family of the 10-year-old boy stabbed and sexually assaulted in the restroom of a Portland Wendy's restaurant released a statement Wednesday; their first time speaking out after the terrifying attack.

The boy is at home recovering after surgery for his stab wounds at a local hospital.

"You can not begin to imagine the horror we have been through in the past couple of days. Our son is going through a lot and we as a family are committed to letting our little boy heal in peace," the family said in the statement. "Thank you for all your concerns, but in these troubling times, we are asking for people to respect the privacy of our entire family."

Meantime, the investigation into Sunday's assault continues.

Adam Brown, 49, is accused of stabbing and sexually assaulting the boy in the Wendy's restroom on July 1. Investigators said Brown pulled the boy into the restroom and attacked him.  The boy screamed and started fighting back, according to said Sgt. Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau.

During the struggle, the boy was stabbed multiple times. His father heard screams and tried to open the restroom door, but it was locked from the inside. A manager brought a key, then Brown unlocked the door and pushed the boy out, Simpson said.

The boy was rushed to a local hospital and Brown surrendered after a two-hour standoff with police.

Brown faces several charges including attempted murder, four counts of first-degree assault, first-degree sex abuse, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree arson, coercion, and furnishing false information to a police officer.

He pleaded not guilty in court Monday and bail was set at $2 million.

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