MILWAUKIE, Ore. -- A man claiming to have witnessed a beating in Milwaukie last week said the reported victim started the incident.
Joseph Garvey, 59, told police he was walking near his home in the 12200 block of Southeast 19th Avenue around 9 p.m. Thursday when he yelled at a passing car to slow down.
Garvey said three people exited the car, one man assaulted him, then they all left the scene. Garvey suffered a broken nose, lost a tooth and needed multiple stitches.
On Thursday, Milwaukie police said a man named Timothy Richard Sullivan, 26, was a person of interest in the case.
A man named Gabriel, who did not want his last name used, told KGW he was in the car with Sullivan, and present when Sullivan confronted Garvey. He said Garvey shoved Sullivan, and only then did Sullivan strike the man.
Gabriel also said the accusation of dangerous speeding was inaccurate. "It’s not like we tried to hit him, then got out of the car, then beat him up. No," he said.
But Garvey maintained that Gabriel's version of events was just untrue.
"Well I think that story is baloney," Garvey told KGW. "None of that happened. For a friend to come up with defense for his other friend, I don’t know if he’s a good friend or not."
Garvey said he was still very sore and bruised, with a broken nose and stitches across his face.
Police were still searching for Sullivan.