Suspects sought in soldier’s beating in downtown Tacoma, family says

Staff writerMay 27, 2014 

The family of a man serving in the military at Joint Base Lewis-McChord is asking the public to help identify suspects they say attacked him in downtown Tacoma overnight Saturday.

Korry McClanahan is about 25 and was raised in Corona, California, his great uncle Michael Hall said when he called The News Tribune on Tuesday from Los Angeles.

He said McClanahan is in the intensive care unit at Madigan Army Medical Center, where doctors removed part of his skull to allow his brain to swell. He had been on and off a respirator, Hall said, and was sedated while the machine helped him breathe.

Tacoma police spokesman Naveed Benjamin said an assault was reported near 1114 Broadway shortly after midnight Saturday, but that he could not immediately release further details about the investigation.

A friend who said he was with McClanahan during the attack and asked not to be identified, said they were smoking outside a bar they were patronizing when a man started throwing punches after a verbal dispute. The bar told everyone to leave, the friend said, at which point the man and a group of five or six more men followed them down the street, attacked again and then left.

The friend said he was hit, but not injured, and helped McClanahan until medics arrived. The altercation started when the group said they thought McClanahan had been looking at them wrong, the friend said, adding that neither he nor McClanahan threw punches.

“We’re just really looking to make sure that there is an arrest in this case,” Hall said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268

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