A man who was robbed and attacked with a hatchet early Sunday morning in Northeast Portland says he will be home with his family soon.
Mike Elias posted a picture on Instagram Monday, of himself in the hospital. The caption on the post reads in part, “I get to go home to my son and my wife. I was slashed in the head/attacked with a hatchet, but I get to go home.”
Elias was walking with his wife at around 12:34 a.m. near Northeast Martin Luther King Boulevard and Northeast Schuyler Street when two suspects on bicycles approached them. They demanded money and at some point, hit Elias with a hatchet, police said.
Mike’s wife said they feel lucky he is alive. Friends echoed that sentiment saying they were not surprised to hear Mike stood up for himself against the robbers.
“Mike's a tough dude,” explained Mike’s friend David Lipkind.
Lipkind plays in Mike’s band, Denver. He said the band played a show at Mike’s business, Ship John, the night of the attack.
"I just felt scared for his family and kind of helpless cause we were all there and then we all left,” Lipkind said.
The men responsible for the attack still have not been caught.
Mike’s friends cannot believe something like this could happen to someone they say is always giving back to his community and those around him.
“Mike's got a lot of love out there and he puts out a lot of love, but I think he's going to be stronger than ever because Mike is awesome,” Lipkind said.
A GoFundMe Page was started to help cover medical bills. In just one day, more than $36,000 was donated.
Mike thanked everyone for all the love online and wrote, “It is overwhelmingly felt and I love you back.”
Police say both suspects were described as white men in their early 30s with skinny builds. One had a hatchet or a hammer and both were riding bicycles.
Police are now asking for people in the area to check their surveillance cameras for footage of two people riding by on bicycles. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Robbery Detail detectives at (503) 823-0405.