Police need help locating victim of assault

Eugene Police are looking for a man who was assaulted more than seven months ago.

Posted: May 25, 2018 6:16 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Eugene Police are asking for the public’s help in finding the victim of an assault that took place back in October. They’ve released this surveillance video, linked here.

Officers said the victim was assaulted at the 7-Eleven on West 6th Avenue in the Whiteaker neighborhood of Eugene on Oct. 16, 2017. They have been attempting to identify and locate him but say they’ve exhausted all of their resources.

The man who they suspect assaulted him is Christopher Lee Nelson, pictured below. Police said Nelson is suspected to be responsible for a small string of crimes in the month of October, one of which is a murder.

It started with the incident at 7-Eleven. Then, two days later on Oct. 18, 2017, Nelson allegedly murdered Christopher Stanghellini by the Chambers Connector near the Eugene Mission. He was indicted for that crime on April 26. On Oct. 20, 2017, he was charged with another assault at the Eugene Mission.

Officers said all of their evidence so far tells them the victim at 7-Eleven did not provoke the attack from Nelson, but he was assaulted while walking down the street. They believe he is a transient and has been seen in the Whiteaker neighborhood.

They said it’s important to them to find this victim so that they can get a first-hand account of the events of that night and hold Nelson responsible. Nelson could be subject to further charges depending on what information they receive from the victim.

"This is a series of three extreme instances of violence involving Mr. Nelson, and we would like to hold him accountable for his actions,” said Detective Jed McGuire with the Eugene Police Department.

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