Brothers, 11 and 15, taken into custody for deadly assault in Gresham

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Tod Alan Barker was attacked Sept. 27 while on a walk. He died from his injuries Oct. 9

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two brothers — ages 11 and 15 — have been taken into custody in connection with the death of a Gresham man brutally beaten while on a walk, police said.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested Monday and charged with murder, assault, robbery and the unlawful use of a weapon, police said.

Police said Wednesday they took two more boys into custody for their alleged involvement in the assault. The 15-year-old boy remained in custody while the younger boy was released to his family, according to police.

The victim, 53-year-old Tod Alan Barker of Gresham, was walking on the evening of Sept. 27 in the 200 block of NE Roberts Avenue when he was assaulted, according to Gresham police.

Barker died of his injuries on Oct. 9. His daughter, Bethanie Montgomery, told KOIN 6 News her dad was attacked after helping some homeless people.

“He helped them; gave them some money to get food, he even gave his coat that he was wearing to one of them,” she said.

It’s unclear how much time passed before the boys allegedly assaulted Barker on the street.

“I feel like they caught him…” Montgomery trails off. “He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, I guess.”

Montgomery said her father didn’t seek treatment for several days after the attack. She said she had to help him with everything from eating to walking to climbing the stairs. He eventually collapsed in the family’s kitchen and was rushed to a hospital where he was immediately placed on life support. Barker was a newlywed. His wife is pregnant with twins.

Investigators think Barker didn’t know his attackers and his death has been ruled a homicide. While authorities have released few details about the attack, they have said the suspects intended to steal from Barker but didn’t get away with anything. Investigators said they were identified by witnesses.

Officers said they aren’t looking for any more suspects.

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