'Street Kids' teen refuses to apologize for attacking 70-year-old man with skateboard

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by Ashley Korslien, KGW Staff

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Posted on February 26, 2014 at 7:52 AM

PORTLAND -- The teenager arrested for attacking a 70-year-old man with a skateboard outside the Portland Outdoor Store last summer was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison.

Daniel Dorson, 18, accepted a plea deal on one count of attempted assault.

On July 15, store employee Larry Allen was washing the sidewalk in front of the downtown business when he reportedly got into an argument with Dorson, who then hit him in the head with a skateboard.

Allen had to get multiple stitches in his forehead and also suffered an arm injury in the attack.

Police arrested Dorson months later.

Dorson is part of a group known as Street Kids, who live on the street and are known to cause problems, according to police.

When Allen's attorney asked for an apology in court, Dorson defiantly said, “I was protecting my own.”

Dorson did not elaborate on the attack and would not apologize to Allen.

After the hearing, Allen said, "I recognized him as soon as he walked down the hallway. Kind of nervous being in the same room. Just apologize for hitting an old man. There was no need for it."

Allen said he still has lingering medical issues and has been much weaker since the attack.

Despite his ongoing medical problems, Allen said he is back to working six days a week at the Outdoor Store.

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