PORTLAND, Ore. (NBC) -
A quick trip to the store Tuesday night landed a man in the hospital in Portland, Ore.
Police said a mob of teenagers beat him after he refused to give them a cigarette, using a metal crutch and a “Razor” mini scooter as some of the weapons.
The victim, who was beaten by as many as eight people, did not know his attackers, according to officials.
"My nephew did not deserve this, at all. It was just a random beating,” said Gwen, the victim’s aunt.
The teens did not stop until a convenience store owner came outside yelling and witnesses stepped in.
According to his family, the 24-year old victim suffered a fractured skull and face, along with a broken arm.
“You know, how much function will he have with his arm, we don't know. Is there brain damage, we don't know,” Gwen told reporters.
One of the suspects, 18-year-old Cheimy Matos, pleaded not guilty in court. He's facing serious charges, along with 19-year old Francisco Angel-Silva and two other juveniles, one of whom is only 14 years old.
According to the victim's family, the 24-year old should be able to return home Saturday, after being hospitalized for several days.