Man attacked while trying to help homeless

Man attacked while trying to help homeless
Tommy Ly

PORTLAND, Ore. - A man says he was attacked while trying to do a good deed on Saturday.

Tommy Ly and his friends brought food and warm clothes to a homeless camp under the Morrison Bridge in S.E. Portland on Saturday night. 

Ly said he was waiting in his care when a man opened the driver’s side door and started punching him in the face.

“He tried to pull me out of the car, so I’m guessing he was trying to steal the car,” Ly said. “If he just wanted my phone or my iPad or something, I would give it to him. My friend was screaming, ‘We are just trying to pass out food to the homeless, don’t do this!’”

Ly said the car seat belt helped keep him in the car.  He was eventually able to drive off and call 911.  Ly thought he might have hit the attacker with his car during the getaway.

“I heard a bang, I didn’t know what happened," he said. "I heard some screaming. I didn’t really have time to stop and notice.”

Ly said no one was at the scene when he returned with police, but he wants to thank the three people in the area who stopped to help pull the attacker away from him.

“I’m still a little shaken up,” Ly said.  “But I’m still going to do what I do and go around and help the homeless.”