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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Drew Dixon has a broken jaw that is now wired shut as a result of a brutal beating in downtown Olympia. "It was completely random, a sneak attack. I was stomped and beat," said Dixon.
Eyewitness Tyreneisha Lewis tells KIRO-7 she saw Dixon riding his skateboard on 4th Avenue about 1 a.m. Sept. 19 when a group of men jumped him from behind without warning.
"They really could have killed him. They were kicking him. They were punching him. They were dropping elbows on him," said Lewis.
Dixon says he tried to protect his face and head as he was beaten. The attackers took his skateboard and went through his empty pockets. "I was pretty afraid the entire time that I would end up dead at the end of it. I thought they were going to kill me."
Olympia police tell KIRO-7 another witness saw several people next to a white sedan in front of Jezebel's nightclub across the street. Detectives are hoping someone can put them in touch with those men.
Drew Dixon will have to puree all his food six weeks while his jaw remains wired shut. He also suffered internal injuries that kept him hospitalized for four days. He has missed work and has $5,000 in dental bills not covered by insurance, but he says he's fortunate to be alive and hopes someone helps police identify his attackers before they strike again.
"It could be anybody and it could be worse next time," said Dixon.