PORTLAND -- A homeless activist said he was attacked by two women outside city hall in downtown Portland Tuesday morning.
Officers were called just after 4 a.m. to the report of a fight outside Portland City Hall, at 1221 SW 4th Ave., according to Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson.
Police at the scene spoke with 48-year-old Michael Withey, who told them he heard a group yelling and making noise while people in a nearby homeless encampment were trying to sleep, Simpson said. Withey said he asked the group to quiet down and he was attacked by two women.
Withey also later spoke to KGW. He said he has been involved in the controversial demonstration outside city hall to protest Portland's camping ban. He said the two women attacked him because he complained about their alleged drug use during the demonstration. After the alleged attack, the women ran from the scene.
Withey suffered a black eye and head injuries. He said the assault was an example of how the downtown homeless demonstration has deteriorated.
The homeless protesters have been camping in the parks and on the sidewalks over the past two years. This past weekend, the city forced them out of Chapman Square by putting up these huge fences.
Protesters had also camped on the sidewalk in front of city hall until they were forced out.
Withey complained that the movement that began as a clear protest has been hijacked.
I believe that the lawless have come in and taken advantage and piggybacked, just like they did with all the Occupy camps. With all the Occupy camps, eventually we had to deal with the criminal element and the city looking for a free ride, he said.
The issue will go before the Portland City Council Wednesday. Withey was scheduled to testify.
As for the investigation into his attack, police found one of the suspects, 24-year-old Nancy Razo (pictured), nearby and arrested her for third-degree assault. The other suspect was described as an African-American transient in her 20s, 5-foot-8, 190 pounds, with dreadlocks. She was wearing a tie-dyed T-shirt.
Anyone with information about her was asked to call police at (503) 823-0400.