Punch sends Fred Meyer employee to surgery
Police say an unprovoked punch in a Fred Meyer store resulted in a broken cheekbone for a Beaverton woman, and second-degree assault charges for her attacker.
The event happened around 3:21 p.m. Sunday, April 1, in the store at 15995 S.W. Walker Road. Beaverton Police responded to multiple 911 calls. Witnesses said Hathasone Pathammavong, 44, entered Fred Meyer, walked up to cashier Lisa Seeling, 33, of Beaverton and punched her in the head. Witnesses said he then tried to leave by was held down by bystanders.
Seeling was taken to the Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center for an evaluation. Officers learned that she had a fractured zygomatic bone, or cheek bone, requiring surgery.
Pathammavong initially was charged with fourth-degree assault. After learning about the severity of the injury, the charges were upgraded to second-degree assault; a Measure 11 crime in Oregon. Such crimes feature mandatory minimum sentences.
A motive remains unknown. Officers say Pathammavong and Seeling didn't know each other; Seeling stated she had never seen Pathammavong before the assault.