Man brutally beaten in front of family at Portland apartments


The attack happened as the family was coming home to their locked apartment building in NW Portland

Graphic warning: Some images in this article may be disturbing.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man was brutally attacked in front of his family at his apartment in Northwest Portland and the assailants are still on the loose.

The Yards at Union Station on NW Naito Parkway in Portland, Sept. 5, 2019. (KOIN)

Joshua Miller told KOIN 6 News the attack happened Tuesday afternoon as he was coming home to the Yards apartment complex on Northwest Naito Parkway. He had been on a walk with his family.

He said a woman who claimed to be visiting a friend tried to walk into the complex behind him, his wife Sherri Miller and their 15-month-old granddaughter. He said the woman “looked perfectly normal.”

The building requires a key fob to get through the front doors.

Sherri said the woman started swinging once the doors were open.

The inner lobby at The Yards at Union Station in Northwest Portland, Sept. 5, 2019. (KOIN)

“When she started aggressively fighting me to try to get inside is when I kind of drew the line and said ‘I know I’m going to get injured, but I’m going to go down with a fight,'” said Joshua. “I was just trying to protect our castle.”

The woman pushed her way inside and continued her assault on Joshua through the hallways of the building.

“I have our 15-month-old granddaughter in the stroller and I’m just trying to avoid any of the pathways because I don’t want her to come after me,” she said.

Part of the fight was captured by a surveillance camera. Joshua can be seen pushing back — trying to escape — and running outside.

That’s when a second attacker joined in, according to Joshua. He said a man followed behind the woman and continued to beat him, trying to steal his keys.

Surveillance footage shows the man accused of beating Joshua Miller outside The Yards at Union Station, Sept. 3, 2019. (Courtesy of Sherri Miller)

“Her boyfriend comes running and he throws me on the ground and starts beating me,” Joshua said.

His wife said the attack could have killed him. Joshua sustained 2 black eyes and had to have stitches above one eye.

“The way he looked; he looked like he had been beat up by a gang of 20, not two,” Sherri said.

The Millers said the fight was totally unprovoked. It’s shattered their sense of peace and they want the attackers brought to justice.

Joshua Miller needed stitches above one eye after being beaten by strangers at The Yards at Union Station apartment complex on NW Naito Parkway, Sept. 3, 2019. (Courtesy of Sherri Miller)

“To have that happen in my apartment, inside the doors, tells me even though I’m in a locked building, I’m not safe,” Sherri said.

Portland police are investigating the attack. The Millers said there were several witnesses but so far, none have come forward.

If you know anything about this incident, please call the Portland Police Bureau at 503.823.3333.

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