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Detectives seek witnesses to life threatening assault

June 03, 2003 00:00


On Thursday, May 29, 2003, at 11:50 p.m., Portland Police discovered 47-year-old Joseph Michael Paulson lying unconscious on the sidewalk in the 1300 block of West Burnside Street. Officers found Paulson while responding to a fight call. Paulson, who was transported to OHSU, has never regained consciousness and his condition continues to deteriorate. As officers reached the scene of the assault, they observed a crowd of people in the area. The crowd dispersed quickly leaving officers with few witnesses.

The only known description of the suspect is that he is a black male associated with a white colored, four-door, Ford Tempo with Oregon plates. At this time investigators do not believe this is a bias crime.

Assault Detectives are now attempting to identify anyone who may have witnessed the assault. Anyone with information in this investigation is asked to call Detective Brian Grose at (503) 823-0757.

This investigation is continuing.


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