Second convenience store clerk attack in two weeks

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland police are investigating two separate brazen attacks on convenience store owners that left both victims badly injured.

"I see cops driving down the street every once in a while, but not like this. There were like 30 cop cars out here," said Joshua Kerth who lives along Northeast Dekum Street in Portland.

Police were after the robbers of Yong's Market on Northeast 27th at Dekum Street Thursday afternoon. They assaulted the clerk so badly he was knocked unconscious.

"We saw them searching the backyards with the dogs," Kerth said.

K-9 officers tracked down two teen boys hiding out in a garage just down the road on Northeast Dekum.

"I can't believe that people do this type of stuff," Kerth said. "He's a nice guy and he's had to change his hours because this type of behavior."

This has happened to the owner of Yong's several times now. KATU covered an attack there back in 2011.

"He's a great old guy," said Donald Means, who knows the owner. "It's a shame that somebody comes here and beats him up and robs him."

Surveillance video from about two miles away at the Everest M. Market on Northeast 42nd showed Keshab Maharjan holding his eye, because the robbers beat him with a gun as soon as they entered his store.

That robbery took place Sept. 14.

"Fractured his orbital socket," said Susan Prows, a neighbor who is also a customer. "They took money and cigarettes, and took off and left him here."

As doctors work to save his eyesight, neighbors are working to help the family.

"It's a staple in the neighborhood," Prows said.

Neighbors have already raised more than $6,000 on a GoFundMe page. It will help pay for his medical expenses. Plus the family has already had to shorten store hours.

"He's unable to work so they're losing a lot of income because of that," Prows explained. "So, whatever we can do to help them."

Police have not made any arrests in the Everest M Market case.

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