Man accused of assaulting homeless man in Eugene

The victim was taken to a local hospital and treated for his injuries.

Posted: Jun 11, 2021 7:09 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Police arrested a man after they say he assaulted a homeless man with a bat Thursday night in downtown Eugene. 

According to police, at about 7 p.m. Michael Humphrey, 40, was swinging a bat at two men on West Broadway and Olive Street when he hit one of those men on the hand. 

Police said the victim pulled a knife on Humphrey to defend himself. When police arrived, an officer held both Humphrey and the victim at gunpoint while trying to determine what had happened. 

A crowd started to form nearby and allegedly harassed the officer on scene, police said. The officer called for backup and the situation was eventually brought under control with no conflict. 

The victim was taken to a local hospital and treated for his injuries. Police said his hand will need X-rays. The victim told police officers that Humphrey had tried to attack him with a bat two days prior to the incident. 

Humphrey faces charges that include second-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, felon in possession of a weapon and menacing.

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