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Police Arrest Nude Sunbather for Assaulting Man at Rooster Rock

The nude suspect allegedly struck the victim in the head, torso and right leg with what was later determined to be a collapsible baton. The man was with his kids.

Photo: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - Police say a Vancouver, Washington man was arrested Friday on assault and menacing charges following an incident the day before at the Rooster Rock State Park. This is described as a "clothing optional beach".

The suspect allegedly struck a man several times with a collapsible police-type baton. The victim, who was accompanied by four children, was struck after landing an inflatable raft on Sand Island at the State Park.

Oregon State Police and deputies from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office were dispatched around 1:10 PM to a reported assault at Rooster Rock State Park involving a nude sunbather.

According to OSP Lieutenant Gregg Hastings, a trooper and two deputies arrived at the park and located the victim, a 45-year old southeast Portland man, who told officers he was on his inflatable raft with three girls and one boy, ages 7 – 10; when they landed at Sand Island which he thought was several hundred feet away from the clothing optional area at the park.

"Two small Chihuahua dogs ran from his raft onto the beach and continued about 100 yards toward the area of a nude male sunbather where the victim saw the man hitting the dogs with what appeared to be a stick," Hastings said.

"The nude suspect allegedly walked toward the victim and children then raised his arm up holding a can of mace. The victim backed up, causing him to trip and fall backwards, at which time the nude suspect struck the victim in the head, torso and right leg with what was later determined to be a collapsible baton."

Hastings says that after the assault, the suspect walked away and the victim obtained a physical description before leaving the area on the raft.

"The victim went to a doctor at a later time to be examined for obvious signs of bruising injuries."

Officers searched the park with State Parks personnel but were unable to find the suspect. Hastings says that during the early evening the victim spoke to the trooper on the phone and was able to provide a vehicle license number and description when he saw the suspect leave the park.

A follow up investigation identified the suspect as 74-year old Donald Joseph Kenney of Vancouver, Washington, according to Hastings.

"On July 25th Rooster Rock State Parks personnel were given the vehicle and suspect information. Ten minutes later, State Parks personnel confirmed the suspect's vehicle was parked at the east end parking lot."

The investigating trooper and deputy, accompanied by a park ranger, located Kenney and subsequently arrested him for Assault in the Second Degree and Menacing. Kenney was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail.

Hastings describes Assault in the Second Degree is a class B felony punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment and a fine not exceeding $250,000. Menacing is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year imprisonment and a fine not exceeding $6,250.

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Anonymous February 9, 2017 1:53 pm (Pacific time)

I see this is an old article.....funny to run across it so many years later. This nudist is an old friend of mine (and I didn't know he enjoyed nude sun bathing) and I know him to be of a gentle nature. If he went after the dogs it would be because they surprised him in a personal way. It sounds like "he said, he said". I know that the victim here is the sunbather. He would never chase someone, the father must have been right on him defending his dogs.

Reader May 30, 2015 5:02 am (Pacific time)

When I'm in any public place where "No Dogs Allowed" signs are posted and I come upon any idiot strutting towards me with his dogs - I pick up a stick! If that dog barks at me or comes towards me...the owner's going to get it! Don't like it? Learn to read the dang signs!

Bob August 10, 2008 7:27 am (Pacific time)

Because it disrupts the accepted order of communication. Why is top posting bad?

Coradon August 2, 2008 11:56 am (Pacific time)

How could he have provoked the dogs to attack the sunbather 300 feet away? Think about it. The guy was on a raft with 4 young children. Common sense says he isnt gonna leave the kids on the raft or on the shoreline to go after some naked guy 300 feet away. Not to mention the article clearly says the guy walked towards the FATHER, not the other way around. Regardless of whatever liberal agenda you might try and use to spin this, there was no law that says the guy can't have dogs on a raft in the water. For whatever reason, he landed that raft on the shore. Dogs got loose. Fine, give him a ticket for letting the animals run loose. Now how in the hell do you justify going from "defending himself from the dogs" to walking 300 feet down the beach to beat the hell outta their owner with a baton? You can't. Pure and simply. Which is why he was arrested.

RR August 1, 2008 10:39 pm (Pacific time)

There are some many irresponsible dog owners out there. Why was this idiot bringing his dogs to a beach when state law prohibits it. The nudist was probably defending himself against the dogs when the idiot dog owner provoked the attack on him.

Chris July 31, 2008 1:23 pm (Pacific time)

Wow, talk about a bunch of consiracy theorists and people who know the "real story." Are we even reading the same article? 1 guy, 4 under age 10 kids and 2 tiny dogs. How big does a raft have to be to hold that few. -Guy says he thought they were a few hundred feet from the clothing optional area. Who are we to say different? -What the hell was the guy doing on the beach with mace and the baton? Last I checked it was illigal to carry either of them in public. -Based on this story, guy obviously didnt intend to land on the nude section, so how can he be accused of TAKING his kids to the nude section? -"loser with a bunch of rugrats" sound like you got some personal issues you ought to keep to yourself and off the internet. Dogs got loose, fine give him a ticket. Dogs attack the guy, fine he defends himself, guy loses the dogs and pays a fine. HOWEVER nothing gave that guy the right to approach the man and his children while nude and assualt him. Rangers made the right call in arrsting him. End of story. Both parties will have a chance to tell their sides in court. Isnt our place to decide the guilty party.

Alicia July 29, 2008 12:37 pm (Pacific time)

One man, four children and two dogs in an inflatable raft that lands on Sand Island??? What size/kind of air filled raft supports that kind of a load. First off no dogs rule on that portion of the park. Lets hope that the man takes better care of the children than his An infatable raft on the Columbia River and four children one adult seems to spell accident. Were there any witnesses that saw this 74 year old sunbather attack the man?

Mark July 29, 2008 8:52 am (Pacific time)

As a frequent user of the beach, I see many boaters who are unaware that it's nude, so the father probably made an honest mistake. Dogs are not allowed on the beach, but that does NOT excuse violence. Our friends the park rangers have explained the consequences to us. This attacker is not symbolic of the people you meet at the beach. And there's nothing wrong with bringing your kids there. Let's not judge until we know more facts.

bobx23456 July 29, 2008 7:19 am (Pacific time)

The guy with the dogs didn't get cited for violatio of the dog laws which prohibit dogs on that beach. It sounds like a deliberate assault on some peaceful naked guy, a set up, a sham. I'd bet the guy with the dog is some kind of anti-nude activist who picked a fight and played "victim."

Rob July 29, 2008 5:38 am (Pacific time)

I have talked to Mr. Kenny a couple times in the past. He regularly runs on Sand Island, and has been been harassed and threatened a number of times by boaters and fishermen.

Jim P July 29, 2008 5:28 am (Pacific time)

I think there is something wrong with a man and several children going to a nude beach by himself. Where was his wife? Even if the dogs were aggressive, the man shouldn't have used the baton. I think there is more here than meets the eye.

Lee451 July 28, 2008 8:14 pm (Pacific time)

Only when Canada bans collapsible batons will honest, God-fearing citizens will be safe from them. Then again, on a nude beach my baton may not be so collapsible....

erin July 28, 2008 7:49 pm (Pacific time)

i have the feeling there is more to the story than this loser with a bunch of rugrats and two dogs on a raft (???!!) is letting on. i hope he goes to jail with the naked man.

DJLSD July 28, 2008 7:27 pm (Pacific time)

I'd like to know more about this "victim." Taking kids and dogs to a nude beach is pretty weird behavior. Some people might consider it child abuse.

EazyMoney July 28, 2008 4:51 pm (Pacific time)

You do have to admit, he has a lovely looking tan.

EazyMoney July 28, 2008 2:51 pm (Pacific time)

You know your having a bad day when you get your ass kicked in front of your kids, by a naked old man with a collapsible baton.

gb July 28, 2008 12:39 pm (Pacific time)

A father with three children and loose dogs rafting to a nude beach? He should be the one on defensive.

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