Despite suffering cuts and stab wounds, Isaac Granberry said he would rush again to aid a stranger
When Isaac J. Granberry heard a woman outside his apartment screaming at 2 a.m. Saturday, June 15, his hope, he said, was that it “would just be girls having fun, not actual screaming.”
But just in case, he grabbed a cane sword as he ran from his apartment.
And as he assessed the situation, he saw a man straddling a woman, pinning her hands above her head.
The 19-year-old Oregon State University student concluded that there was nothing playful about the situation. When he reached the attacker, he struck him on the head with his cane sword.
A cane sword is a weapon that looks like an ordinary walking cane. But when its curved handle is pulled from the walking stick portion, a sword emerges, attached to the handle.
“I didn’t want to kill him,” Granberry said, explaining that is why he hit the man over the head with the cane’s handle. “Hitting him with that part of the sword is like hitting him with a golf club.”
According to Granberry, after he hit the man — identified by police as Douglas T. Von Euen, 22, of Sheridan — he was tackled from the side by a second man, whom police identified as Anthoni Bassetti, 19, of Corvallis.
The woman Granberry had rushed to help was identified as Kaylee Cook, 20, of Oregon City. According to police reports, Cook and Von Euen have been dating for two years.
Cook took issue Friday with the police account of events during a brief phone interview. She denied Granberry’s statement that Von Euen was on top of her.
“That’s a lie,” Cook said. “All I have to say is that I am not a victim. He (Von Euen) is my boyfriend.”
Cook had no additional comment on the incident.
Bassetti and Von Euen, both of whom are facing criminal charges in connection with the attack, did not respond to requests for comment from the Gazette-Times.
Granberry said that after he hit Von Euen on the head, he was attacked by Bassetti and four other people. One of them took the cane sword from him and started to use it against him. Police have not identified the other people involved in the attack.
“His friends jumped in and started hitting me; they pulled the sword out of its case,” he said. “They didn’t know (until then that) it was a sword (I had) in my hand.”
Four stab wounds
Granberry suffered four stab wounds in the attack in addition to other injuries.
“I didn’t fall down. You know in movies, they always fall down. More than anything, I just felt nauseous.”
He said that after he started yelling for help, it took less than a minute for police to arrive.
Granberry remembers one of the responding officers looking him over and encouraging him not to worry about the injuries: “Oh, don’t worry, man,” the officer said. “I’ve seen wounds in Iraq like that.”
When he arrived in the emergency room of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, he had suffered a stab wound in his stomach, a cut across his ankle, a slash across his chest and a deep cut through his fingers. He also was covered with bruises and welts from the beating.
Medical personnel gave him a transfusion. He underwent surgery to close all of the sword gashes.
“The worst of the injuries is the one across my hand,” Granberry said. “When they pulled the sword out, it cut all the way across my fingers. That is what has taken the most time to heal; I don’t know if I’ll ever get full use of my hand back.”
Granberry has reflected on the attack and has dealt with a variety of reactions from family, friends and police.
Granberry noted that he ran into the situation, with the cane sword in hand, without calling police.
“I have gotten a mixed result in regard to how I should have handled it,” Granberry said Friday. “Everybody says I did the right thing, Some people think I should have called the police first; I just didn’t have my phone. I didn’t think that it was a wait-for-the-police moment; she was already being attacked.”
Corvallis Police Capt. Dave Henslee said Friday that he encourages citizens to respond to dangerous or violent situations with their personal safety in mind. When in doubt, officers generally urge citizens to call 911 first.
Henslee said that Granberry’s actions were “commendable, but we just ask that people be mindful of the type of situation they are putting themselves in. If it takes someone three or four minutes to call the police, then that is three or four minutes before we can arrive on the scene.”
Bassetti, Von Euen and the unidentified attackers fled the scene after beating Granberry, according to police reports. Police still are looking for the other three men.
Police arrested Bassetti in his apartment after following a trail of blood. Bassetti faces charges of first-degree assault and possession of the drug Ecstasy. Bassetti was released Tuesday on $50,000 bail.
Von Euen was arrested at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, after he had arrived looking for Bassetti. Von Euen faces felony charges of first-degree assault, cocaine possesion and a misdemeanor charge of second-degree disorderly conduct as well as harassment, which is a low-level assault charge. Von Euen was released from custody on Monday. He was rearrested Thursday for violating a prior release agreement by contacting Cook. He has since been released from jail again.
Bassetti’s next court date is July 26; Von Euen’s next date is Aug. 1.
Granberry said Friday that, despite his injuries, he would do it all over again.
“The only reason I didn’t run out of the house with a baseball bat or a golf club is because I didn’t have them,” he said. “I was just surprised that no one rushed to help (the woman) sooner.”