PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A SE Portland man suffered extensive injuries when 3 people forced their way into his home last Sunday then beat him and stole his life savings.
Josh Morrison, 45, is thankful he and his 15-year-old cat are alive after the ordeal.
Morrison was grilling on March 11 when he heard a knock on the door and spoke to a woman who said she needed help.
“She looked like she needed some help really bad, her mascara was running down her face,” Morrison said.
She said she needed to hide from her abusive boyfriend, so he let her inside.
“She started punching me in my face immediately and I grabbed her by her shoulders,” he said.
Morrison pushed her outside and that’s where 2 men were waiting. He said they started punching him, forcing him back inside in a headlock.
“I was pretty much in and out of consciousness 7 different times,” Morrison said. “I was just fighting for my life at that point, I really thought these guys are going to kill me.”
The men bound Morrison with zip ties while the woman went through the house looking for his safe, where he keeps his life savings.
“They knew exactly what they were doing and looking for,” he said.
Once she found it, the men grabbed Morrison’s own gun and demanded more money.
“There was a shotgun in my face,” he said.
They pulled the trigger but the gun wasn’t loaded, so they kept hitting him.
“Hitting me all over my head with the shotgun, hit me right here where the staples are and started working on my eye,” he said.
The intruders trashed the house, putting holes in the walls. They threatened to kill his cat, Watson, and broke the cat’s shoulder.
He finally had a chance to get out of the house and found people to call 911.
“I’m so thankful I’m alive and my cat,” Morrison said. “Yes. I’m so thankful.”
Morrison is left with a metal plate and staples in his head.
According to the GoFundMe page, Watson was missing after the attack and could have gotten outside while police were investigating. Thankfully, she was back on her bed by Tuesday and reunited with Morrison that night.
DoveLewis learned Watson’s scapula was fractured, but she’s 15 years old and surgery would be risky, so she will take pain medication until it heals.
Police surrounded the area to search for the suspects but so far, no arrests have been made.
The woman was tall with blond hair and brown eyes and the men were in their 30s with olive skin and dark hair.