Man recalls cane sword attack

2013-06-23T08:00:00Z 2014-06-16T17:58:02Z Man recalls cane sword attackBy Kristy Wilkinson, Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times

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.”

Varied reactions

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.”

Reporter Kristy Wilkinson can be reached at 541-812-9510 or

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(14) Comments

  1. NoJustice
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    NoJustice - December 19, 2013 7:27 pm
    you know nothing about case, you have read these articles that are filled with complete bullshit and assumptions. where the hell did you get 4 dudes? A random guy ran out of no where with a cane sword and attacked someone for arguing with their girlfriend? what couple doesn't have arguments, especially loud ones when alcohol was involved.
  2. NoJustice
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    NoJustice - December 19, 2013 7:09 pm
    "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."

    Who is hired to write these articles? I'm assuming the same type of people who are patrolling the streets of Corvallis putting innocent men in jail instead of the instigator. The men that were arrested did not bring a deadly weapon because "girls were screaming" GIRLS IN CORVALLIS SCREAM ALLLLLL THE TIME. People act like drunk idiots. Does no one see that a crazy person with a cane sword came and attacked someone whom they assumed was assaulting their girlfriend because of an argument? What adult relationship doesn't have arguments, and who doesn't get drunk and scream? The Corvallis Police Department needs to get some sense and arrest the people that are actually guilty in this case. This Granberry person has not had any repercussions at ALL.
  3. corvallisite
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    corvallisite - June 25, 2013 9:37 pm
    Pretty scary Enlightenment--stalking college kids and downloading their pictures from Facebook to "destroy their credibility?" Sounds like you have more problems than anyone in this story.
  4. Petunia
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    Petunia - June 25, 2013 11:53 am, acting like a typical 19-year-old college guy "destroys his credibility"? Please. Methinks that Enlightenment, far from shedding further light on the situation, is muddying the waters, or trying to. He'll have to try harder---I'm not convinced.
  5. tobyk
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    tobyk - June 24, 2013 1:37 pm
    19 year olds do stuff like that sometimes. Also, read the article again. Yes, it was the boyfriend who was hit. Good for Granberry, trying to do the right thing and protect the woman.
  6. JMS
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    JMS - June 24, 2013 12:58 pm
    A cane isn't a deadly weapon. And if you believe another person's life is in jeopardy, you're allowed to act in their defense, including the use of violence. Her screaming and the reported positioning of the pair would probably lead any reasonable person to the same conclusion, she was in danger.
  7. Enlightenment
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    Enlightenment - June 24, 2013 12:14 pm
    My favorite part of his story is where he forgets to mention that he has an infatuation with lighting said sword on fire and waving it wildly in the streets, half naked, near crowded parties? And he just set his Facebook profile to private, but I saved some pictures beforehand showing him half naked wielding a fire sword if anyone would like them. Pretty much destroys his credibility.

    Additionally, the boyfriend never got hit in the head, that Bassetti guy did. So why would Bassetti be pinning down Von Euen's girlfriend? Doesn't make sense. Sounds like this guy was trying to be a hero to someone who didn't need help. Why hasn't he been charged with assault and unlawful use of a deadly weapon?
  8. Petunia
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    Petunia - June 24, 2013 8:08 am
    Talk about adding insult to injury. Granberry comes to the aid of a woman in distress, risking his own safety and getting injured in the process. She, instead of thanking him, calls him a liar for his trouble on her behalf. And now mb503 and 23Harley call him stupid and criticize him for his brave and selfless actions. Despite this and the fact that he may not regain full use of his hand, he says he would do it again.

    Thank God there are still real men in this country who will do the right thing. I hope if I am ever in trouble, there will be a Granberry nearby, not a 23Harley or mb503 who will cynically look out for number one rather than their fellow man, or woman. (Somehow I have a feeling mb503 would not run out to defend someone with just his bare fists, as he insists Granberry should have done.)

    Mr. Granberry, kudos to you. You have my admiration and gratitude.
  9. curious one
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    curious one - June 23, 2013 2:03 pm
    Well MB503, maybe you better read the article again. Did you notice the two drugs the sweet boys had on them? The one on top of the girl, and his buddy who was watching (at that time of the morning, while his friend has a girl down on the ground) - seem to have been up to no good. No matter what it is reported the girl said didn't happen, check first the time, then her screaming (remember someone DID call the police), then the fact that there were 2 guys and one girl. If this was your daughter folks, what would you liked to have seen happen. The fellow with the cane said he didn't have his phone (hence no call by him to the police).

    If that were my daughter, I'd be happy someone went out to protect her. Interesting some of you think those drugs on those 2 guys mean nothing. Also, did you not notice the so called boyfriend had been ordered to stay away from the girl and had violated the order?

    I'm sorry the intervening fellow got hurt, but glad he was brave enough to try helping.
  10. Sensical
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    Sensical - June 23, 2013 1:31 pm
    "Terrible biased articles"?


    Not that you have a dog in the fight, or anything. One can tell everything you need to know about Dougy by his douchey mugshot.

    A screaming woman at 2 am, 4 dudes have to jump 1? And they use the sword taboot? Real manly there fellas.

    I get that abused women feel the sick need to defend their idiot boyfriends, but maybe it's time to dump dopey Doug. Just say no, sweetie.

  11. freedoug
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    freedoug - June 22, 2013 5:24 pm
    Who is writing these terrible biased articles?? Sunday?? It was friday night. You can't even get the date right for crying out loud.
  12. YaRight
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    YaRight - June 22, 2013 12:26 pm
    That's the problem with potentially lethal weapons; normal people are unable to imagine that they are unable to use them if needed (but the shi!he@ds don't hesitate)... get bear mace and you nice guys can deal with stuff like that and not hesitate to defend yourself.
  13. mb503
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    mb503 - June 22, 2013 12:19 pm
    How was Granberry not charged with anything? He ran out of his house, without contacting police, and strikes an innocent guy who is having an argument with his girlfriend. Cook stated that she was not a victim so why would Granberry take such extreme measures of hitting someone, with the force of a golf club, to the back of the head? Moreover, why did he not use his fists and instead wielded a hidden SWORD?

    In the same defense as Granberry, why was Bassetti not in the right for protecting his friend who was unjustly blasted to the side of the head?? Who knows what Granberry would have done if nobody stepped in.

    If anything can be learned from the recent Zimmerman case is it that people need to contact police and not take action into their own hand.

  14. 23Harley
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    23Harley - June 22, 2013 4:38 am
    stupid, stupid. You're supposed to learn from your experience(s).
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