Victim of assault, robbery at Lyons home describes brutal attack

Victim of assault, robbery at Lyons home describes brutal attack »Play Video
John Bach

LYONS, Ore. – Getting around the house is not very easy for John Bach.

“I hurt in places I didn’t know I could hurt,” he said.

The 75-year-old Lyons man was the victim of a brutal assault and robbery at his home on Friday, according to the Linn County Sheriff's Office.

Bach says he knows the people who attacked him.

Jonathan Foster and his girlfriend, Justina Chilcote, turned themselves in to sheriff's deputies in Albany. Both face charges including attempted murder, kidnapping and robbery.

The sheriff's office is still looking for the third suspect, David Gonzales, Jr.

Bach rented rooms to Jonathan Foster, his girlfriend and his mother, Wanda, to help pay his bills.

Bach said his tenants were involved in two fights at his home within the first two weeks of living there. He believes the attack was retaliation after he tried to get the family out of his house.

“Here’s Jonathan in the doorway, ‘you’re a dead MF!’ and run over to the bed and just hit me alongside the head,” Bach said. “Knocked me down on the bed, grabbed a pillow and put it over my face and was shoving it.

“I hollered for help once and he took the pillow off and just started ‘kapow, kapow, kapow,’ both sides of my head,” said Bach. “He’s just pushing on that pillow like mad, ‘you’re gonna die, you’re gonna die.’”

Bach’s dog, Buddy, knew his owner was in trouble and tried to help.

“That’s when my dog started growling at him and then I heard him yelping and they’re kicking him so he tried, but he couldn’t do nothing,” Bach said. “I wish he would have bit the hell out of him.”

Wanda Foster was in the home during the attack, but she wasn’t able to help. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office said the suspects tied her up before they robbed the house and stole Bach’s truck, which they later crashed into another car, injuring the driver.

Wanda Foster was finally able to free herself and call 9-1-1.

Bach said he woke up a few hours later with paramedics around him. His home was ransacked – everything from money to canned food was stolen, he said.

“I ain’t a real religious guy but I believe in the good lord and he must have been on my side that day.”