A man walking to church made short work of two homeless men who tried to attack him Sunday morning in Medford's Tinseltown parking lot, knocking both to the ground with two punches before shooting a quick YouTube video of their failed attack's outcome.
"You guys tried to jump me?" 35-year-old John "Brandon" Shawnego demands while a dazed and bloodied Joseph Perez Knox Miyazaki groans in pain from the asphalt. "You want me to call an ambulance?"
Medford police arrested the two assailants on disorderly conduct charges and booked them in the Jackson County Jail. Miyazaki, 42, is no longer listed in the jail. Cameron Mitchell Manning, 22, is currently held in the jail without bail on charges of being a fugitive from another state. Shawnego is not being charged.
"We felt that (they) were the aggressors in this incident and that the victim had a right to defend himself," Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said. "He was a little proactive I would say, in his actions, but still we felt it was a justified use of force."
Police said Shawnego said he was en route to church when Manning approached him, asking for a cigarette. Shawnego said he didn't have any, and kept walking. Manning started yelling at him.
"I probably would have just kept walking, but I thought he was still talking to me," Shawnego said. "I didn't want to be rude."
He turned around and came back. Miyazaki joined Manning, can of beer in hand. Shawnego asked if Miyazaki was going to hit him with it. Miyazaki popped the tab, took a swig and said he and Manning were going to assault him, Shawnego said.
"I was like, 'Alright, let's go,'" Shawnego said.
He set his backpack down — it contained some Father's Day presents from his children — and Miyazaki tried to snatch it. Shawnego responded with a punch, knocking Miyazaki to the ground. Manning attacked next, also unsuccessfully. Both men lay dazed on the ground while Shawnego's cell phone camera started rolling.
"Come on, dog, what's up? You want some more?" Shawnego asks in the video as Manning walks to help Miyazaki to his feet. Both attackers stumble away in a daze.
Police said Shawnego's reaction was justified and didn't go overboard.
"He didn't go from defending himself to an assault. He stopped once they stopped," Budreau said.
— Ryan Pfeil
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