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Assaulted man taken to hospital


A severely beaten man who had been attacked by several people giving him a ride out of Nespelem was taken to the hospital here Sunday.

Victor Conrad, 47, was found in a Main Street apartment after police officers here were led to the site by dispatch.

Officers Dan Holland and Chris McClanahan arrived at the Main Street apartment and found Conrad, who was having trouble breathing, and called for an ambulance.

Police learned that Conrad had been walking from Nespelem to Safeway here in Grand Coulee when a vehicle stopped and he was offered a lift.

Conrad was finally able to tell officers that he had refused a drink of alcohol and asked for the occupants of the vehicle to turn the music down when he was attacked and beaten.

Since the incident occurred on the Colville Indian Reservation, Colville Tribal Police were called.

Monday, tribal officer Alan O’Neil said that the incident is still under investigation.

A Grand Coulee police report stated that Conrad initially didn’t have shoes and socks, but later was given shoes.

He said that the assault took place between Jackson’s Chevron and the Colville Indian Agency.

When Conrad was able to talk with officers he said that someone behind him had grabbed his hair and held his head back and then others started punching him. Conrad said he thought there were three people up front and three people in the back. He stated in the report that none were known to him.

Police later found a vehicle that had a number of empty beer cans in it and indication of blood spots. Police were able to take blood samples and have sent them off for analysis.

While some people of interest have been identified, no charges have yet been filed.

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