A Coos Bay man is in jail after trying to perform a “citizen’s arrest” on a Siletz man who allegedly stole his vehicle days prior. The alleged car thief was beaten bloody and given a concussion in the process.
Daniel Fairhurst, 41, is charged with second-degree assault, menacing and unlawful use of a weapon after he allegedly confronted Bo Hunter Green, 20, at a residence in the 200 block of SE Bay Blvd. in Newport for allegedly stealing his vehicle from Coos Bay several days earlier.
According to a police affidavit filed Jan. 3, what started as a stolen vehicle call at the Newport Bayfront quickly evolved into an assault investigation when responding officers, who arrived on scene at around 6 p.m., found Fairhurst with a bloodied and handcuffed Green.
A Monday press release from the Newport Police Department about the incident states Fairhurst contacted authorities to report he located his stolen vehicle parked at a residence and detained the suspected car thief there. Fairhurst told police the alleged thief, Green, was injured, but initially denied knowing why.
The affidavit states that not long after his vehicle was discovered missing, Fairhurst “discovered” the identity of the person who took it, presumably Green, and was informed they were in Newport, being employed on a local commercial fishing boat.
Fairhurst travelled to Newport from Coos Bay on Dec. 31 and reportedly found his missing vehicle at the residence occupied by Green, according to the affidavit.
Instead of calling the police, Fairhurst drew his firearm and confronted Green in the vehicle, the affidavit states. A physical altercation followed, after which Green was restrained by Fairhurst using a pair of handcuffs he had brought with him. Police arrived to find Green in cuffs with his hands behind his head and bleeding from multiple lacerations to his head.
The press release states that after Fairhurst handcuffed Green, he began assaulting him for several minutes, causing the injuries to his head and face. Fairhurst then returned to his own vehicle, hid his firearm and then walked Green to a nearby business and requested police and medics.
The affidavit states that when police spoke with Green about the incident, he said Fairhurst approached and beat him and that Green had been screaming for him to stop throughout the confrontation. Witnesses at a restaurant near the residence reportedly heard Green screaming for help at the time of the confrontation.
While being interviewed by police, Fairhurst later claimed that when he confronted Green, Green began flailing at him, which Fairhurst interpreted as Green attacking him, the affidavit states.
According to the Monday press release, the investigation found that Green had indeed been in possession of Fairhurst’s stolen vehicle, for which Green was cited for one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle before he was transported to the hospital by ambulance for treatment of his injuries.
Green sustained multiple injuries during the altercation, including head lacerations and a concussion, the former reportedly requiring staples and stitches after Green was transported to the hospital. Fairhurst received no visible injuries during the confrontation.
Green also told officers that he had received multiple brain injuries in the past from a car accident and was at far greater risk of death from head injuries.
With the evidence at hand, officers determined Fairhurst had used far more force than was reasonable in his attempted “citizen’s arrest” of Green, and they arrested Fairhurst at the scene.
Fairhurst remains lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on second degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and menacing, with bail set at $250,000. He was scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon.