Man gets 10 years for hatchet attack

Multnomah County

The victim was seriously injured and needed several surgeries

A booking photo of Eric Saia, 34, from the Multnomah County DA’s Office.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man who randomly attacked a stranger with a hatchet was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The victim was walking his dog near Northeast Schuyler Street and Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on October 7 when Eric Saia and another suspect rode by on bikes.

The suspects told him to “drop your stash” then Saia took a hatchet out of his backpack and hit the victim in the head, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office said.

The victim had serious head trauma and needed several surgeries after the attack.

“This was an event that will impact the victim and his wife for the rest of their lives,” Deputy DA Eric Collins said in a press release.

Saia pleaded guilty to the charges against him and Collins said it was clear he wanted to take responsibility.

“This is a significant sentence, but it is appropriate given the seriousness of these crimes,” Collins said.

The DA’s office said the other suspect has been identified by authorities but he was not named.

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