Jennifer Dowling and KOIN 6 News Staff - PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- A Vancouver teen says a group of other teens attacked him to steal his cell phone and a bag of groceries.
The attacked happened early Sunday morning, and Kevin Van Dyne is now recovering from a serious head wound.
Van Dyne said he was going to the Winco near NE Andresen Road and NE 25th around 1 a.m. when a group of teens started following him near a Starbucks. He tried to cross the road and they followed him.
He said one of them hit him in the back of the head with a metal pipe and he tried to run but fell. Then the teens hit him again and stole his phone and his groceries.
"As soon as I got to the parking lot across the street from the Chevron, I tripped and that's when they hit me 2 more times on the arm and took my stuff," Van Dyne said.
After he made it to the gas station, an employee there called his mother, Landrea Linge, and they went to the hospital in an ambulance.
Linge said the blow to his head caused a gash a little more than 6 cm long on the back of his head.
"It went almost completely to the bone," she said.
He has staples in his head and is left with a large scar.
He said he doesn't go to school in that area and had never seen those kids before. He described 4-5 Hispanic teens ranging in age from 14-16. He said one of them was on crutches and wearing a white boot cast.
Vancouver police said officers have checked surrounding businesses in hopes of finding surveillance video, but none has been found yet. They have also contacted school resource officers at the nearby Ft. Vancouver and Hudson's Bay high schools but they have not identified any suspects.