Albany teen beaten by stranger: 'I don't remember anything'

Albany teen beaten by stranger: 'I don't remember anything'

ALBANY, Ore. - Joshua Howland doesn't remember how he got his black eye.

"If I did I couldn't tell you because I don't remember it at all," he said.

The last thing he remembers is walking his girlfriend home before heading to a friend's house in South Albany just after 9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17.

"I was walking over to my friend Kelson's house," he said.

That's when he was beaten by a man he didn't know, police said.

Police said 22-year-old Chancellor Wise jumped out of the bushes, robbed Howland and then beat him, leaving him bleeding on the sidewalk.

"I was getting ready for bed, the phone rang and all I heard was a muffled sound," said Howland's mother Debbie Braconnier. "He said mom, I just woke up and I think I've been beaten."

Howland said he doesn't even remember calling his mother after the attack happened, but she rushed to the scene to find him.

"He had blood dried across his face and he had no idea what was going on," she said.

Howland suffered a broken cheek bone and fractures around his right eye as well as bleeding on the brain.

Braconnier said her son spent the next 24 hours in hospitals in Albany and Portland.

"The doctor at the Albany hospital had come out and said that if he'd been unconscious any longer, it could have been fatal," she said. "Those were the hardest words to hear."

Two days later, Wise was arrested after Albany Police said an officer developed some information in the case.
"You know it really doesn't make sense why he, you know, attacked me, somebody he doesn't know," said Howland.

According to Linn County Court Records, Wise has two prior felony convictions for assault and possession of a controlled substance.

Howland doesn't have health insurance. Now he and his family are left to pay his mounting medical bills which they estimate will be in the thousands of dollars.

"The community has rallied behind him and we've got people baking left and right and Saturday we're doing a bake sale at Albertson's down here in town," said his mother.

That bake sale starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Albertson's in Albany.

The family has also started an online fundraising page to raise money for his medical costs.

"Right now I'm thankful he doesn't remember the attack," said his mother. "But that could come at any time."