A man remains hospitalized this morning after he was struck several times with a bat and robbed at a Medford motel Wednesday night in an incident that could be tied to drugs, police reported in a news release.
Police are currently searching for a suspect, described as a man wearing dark clothing, a black hooded sweatshirt, with a red bandana covering his face.
The incident took place at around 9 p.m. Wednesday. Medford police responded to a reported assault at the Valli Hai Motel, 1034 Court St., and found a 44-year-old man unconscious and suffering from several head wounds.
Witnesses told police that the man was in a motel room with a 25-year-old woman when the suspect showed up unannounced, striking him several times with a bat.
"He forced his way in and proceeded to immediately assault the victim with a bat, striking him several times in the head and upper torso, immediately knocking him unconscious," Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said.
The suspect swiped things belonging to both the man and woman, then fled. The woman was not hurt. The man suffered multiple contusions, but no skull fractures, police said. He is conscious in the Providence Medford Medical Center Intensive Care Unit and is expected to survive.
Police would not disclose names or the property taken, as they suspect the incident might be drug-related.
"That's the most likely scenario," Budreau said. "We are still keeping an open mind."
Officials also declined to disclose why the man and woman were at the hotel, but investigators believe the attack was likely targeted and not random.
The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information about the incident should contact the Medford Police Criminal Investigations Division at 541-774-2230.
— Ryan Pfeil