The man who was viciously beaten by Black Lives Matter protesters in Portland had been trying to intervene in a mugging before he was kicked unconscious, according to a report.
Drew Hernandez, a YouTuber who filmed the episode, said the man — identified by another witness as Adam Haner — was defending a transgender woman being beaten and robbed by protesters Sunday before the group went after him, Fox News reported.
“They were physically assaulting her like crazy so when they were doing that … he actually started defending her and then they shifted their attention on him,” Hernandez told the outlet.
Hernandez said it started “getting violent,” so the victim got into his truck and attempted to escape.
“He starts revving his engine because I think he feels threatened,” said Hernandez, who has claimed he has a full video of the incident but has not released it.
“I think he was just trying to scare them because, to be honest with you, if you really wanted to run someone over, he definitely could have done it.”
The man then drove away but the mob continued to follow him, Hernandez said.
“They just went nuts and they started following him up the street,” he said. “He would stop and kind of pull back, just trying to get rid of him, but he didn’t hit any of them.”
The crowd chased him for a few blocks before he crashed his vehicle and got out, Hernandez said.
“When they finally caught up to him, they went nuts. One of the BLM militants pulled out his own baton, started hitting him, telling him to get on the floor,” he said.
“They start punching him in the face, physically assaulting him. Then out of nowhere one of the guys comes out of nowhere and dropkicks him from behind.”
Jorge Ventura, a Daily Caller reporter who also posted videos of the melee, said Haner appeared intoxicated during the violent episode in Downtown Portland.
“He kind of seemed like he may have been drinking earlier in the evening,” Ventura told the Oregonian. “He was really discombobulated.”
Sam Pape, who works at a Northeast Portland bar named Church, told the paper they are “absolutely certain” that the driver and a woman also seen in the video from the melee were outside the watering hole earlier in the evening, around 7 p.m.
Pape said they saw the pair quarreling and the man drinking several cans of Miller Life for half an hour, before getting into an argument with another guy.
No arrests have been made in the attack, though the district attorney condemned the actions of the mob.
“The actions depicted in these videos are universally rejected as wrong — and the actions are illegal,” Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt said.
“Assaults will not be tolerated in our community.”
The victim was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries, police said.
“The incident is under investigation and no arrests have been made,” authorities said.
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