A Deschutes County man is accused of striking his landlord’s 80-year-old husband in the head and causing him serious injuries.

Erik Allen Hamud, 51, was accused in Deschutes County Circuit Court by Bend property owner Stephan White of assault, battery and elder physical abuse.

Victims older than 65 qualify as a “vulnerable” class of people under Oregon law.

According to the complaint, on July 10, 2016, White was talking on his phone while in his parked car outside a rental property owned by his wife. Hamud, one of his wife’s tenants, approached White and “yelled and threatened him with violence” over a dispute with his rental property, according to the lawsuit.

As White turned to face him, Hamud allegedly hit him in the face, according to the lawsuit.

“Apparently Mr. Hamud did not like what my client had to say,” said White’s attorney, Mario Riquelme.

White lost consciousness from the blow, Riquelme said. White believes he was hit more than once, but can’t say for certain because he was unconscious.

White is said to have suffered $32,500 in injuries, including loose teeth, a cervical spine sprain and a concussion resulting in cognitive impairment. Riquelme said his client’s memory was affected by the alleged attack, and he now has difficulty calculating figures in his head.

“This is something he may not recover from,” Riquelme said.

Hamud is listed as 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds in a court document filed April 2017 in Crook County Circuit Court.

White himself manages rental properties he owns. He was sued by Crook County in 2013 for failing to pay rent and taxes on a 22,230-square-foot airplane hangar he leased at the Prineville/Crook County Airport.

— Reporter: 541-383-0325, gandrews@bendbulletin.com

Editor’s Note: The lawsuit was dismissed in March 2019.