A Grants Pass man is sent to the hospital after a group assaults him, many wearing face masks.
A woman who knows the man, found a him in a pool of blood, after being beaten around 9 Thursday evening. She says the violent act is part of a bad drug deal from wanna-be-gang members.
A violent scene in this Grants Pass neighborhood. "Once he was down on the ground started kicking and hitting him with the maglight and then ran off, " says Lori Nelson. She is the godmother of one of the people with 18 year old Jacob Coates when he was assaulted by up to 7 men - in their teens and early twenties - most wearing face masks.
"When I seen him before the ambulance got there, there was a pool of blood, there was blood everywhere. I've never seen that much blood," Nelson continues.
The scene happened on the corner of North West C Street and Dimmick. According to police, at least one assailant used a large flashlight to hit him.
"At least one of them was described as a maglight that was used," states Dan Evans, Detective Sargeant of Grants Pass. "You can tell by the size there is a lot of weight to it and you could suffer a lot of damage by it especially if hit in the head."
Police are still investigating the assault, but Nelson has a pretty good idea it wasn't random. "It's drug related. Jake had been turned in, he went to jail he's got to go to court. I think I know who it was. This person was a coward, so he had to bring his friends - wanna be gangs."
Coates was transported to Three Rivers Community Hospital- where he required multiple staples and sutures.
"These people were wearing masks, like Halloween masks. Your a coward.. you... they're cowards," states Nelson.
Leaving Nelson more angry than frightened by the actions of those in her neighborhood.
Jacob Cates was released from the hospital. One of the attackers did not have a mask on. He's described as a white male in his late teens or early 20's, with short dark hair.