Beamer students sign banner for teen who got stomped in the head

On Monday, dozens of Todd Beamer High School students signed a
On Monday, dozens of Todd Beamer High School students signed a 'get well soon' banner for Connor Bone after he was assaulted over the weekend. Pictured left to right: Jessee Thatcher, Connor Bone, Carl Gray and Darci Huffman.
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Federal Way resident Connor Bone, 15, was skateboarding with two friends Saturday night near an overpass in Auburn when he saw what looked like a man abusing a pregnant woman.

According to Bone, a drunk man was in a heated argument with a pregnant woman and had raised his hand as if threatening to strike her. Bone said he rode over to the woman on his skateboard and asked if she was OK.

The man then asked Bone if he had a problem, and the last thing he remembers is turning around to walk away.

That's when the man allegedly clocked Bone in the head, then stomped on his head and body multiple times. Bone's friends, who were also assaulted, said the man and woman fled the scene in a car.

Bone was transported to Auburn Regional Medical Center. The ordeal left him with a concussion, a swollen eye, a busted lip and multiple bruises.

"I thought I was doing something right," he said about checking on the woman's safety. "I thought she was in trouble. She said she was fine."

Bone described the man as a thin-built Pacific Islander in his 20s who was wearing a button-up shirt. He and his family have not received word on whether the man was caught. The incident occurred about a block away from the Auburn Eagles club off M Street, he said.

Auburn Police Cmdr. Mike Hirman said no suspect has been identified, but that independent witnesses have backed up Bone's story. Police searched for the suspect at a nearby reception after the assault.

"The suspect turned his anger and frustration on this Good Samaritan, and that's unfortunate," said Hirman, noting that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

To cheer up Bone, several dozen classmates at Todd Beamer High School signed a "get well soon" banner. Darci Huffman, 16, led the effort Monday and said fellow Beamer students are rooting for her friend's recovery.

"I felt really bad because I couldn't really do anything to help," she said.

A doctor said Bone needs to rest at home and refrain from hand-to-eye coordination activities such as reading, TV and video games until he is cleared Oct. 28, according to his mother, Shannon Dagley.

When she received the call that her son was in the hospital, Dagley said her mind went in several directions.

"When I saw him, it was pretty shocking," she said, relieved that her son was going to recover. "I don't think I'll leave his side after he gets cleared."

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