MILWAUKIE, Ore. -- Police arrested a suspect early Monday evening in connection with the vicious beating of a man who called out to a car in his neighborhood to slow down.

Timothy Richard Sullivan, 26, was arrested without incident in an apartment in the 12600 block of Southeast River Road, said Officer Ulli Neitch.

On Tuesday, he appeared in court for assault in the 4th degree and the district attorney said that may be changed to a more serious charge. His bail was set at $75,000

Sullivan's mother told KGW he's not a bad person, but he's easily provoked and has a drinking problem. She said he's been struggling with difficult times because he recently lost a good friend and his job.

His arrest came after a citizen tip, she said. He earlier had been identified as a person of interest in the case.

Joseph Garvey, 59, told police he was walking near his home in the 12200 block of Southeast 19th Avenue around 9 p.m. last Thursday when he yelled at a passing car to slow down.

Garvey said three people exited the car, one man assaulted him, then they all left the scene. Garvey suffered a broken nose, lost a tooth and needed multiple stitches.

Sullivan was taken to the Clackamas County jail and held on an accusation of second-degree assault. Results of the police investigation were being forwarded to the district attorney's office she said.

A friend defended Sullivan's role in the beating, saying Garvey first pushed Sullivan. Garvey said that version was a fabrication.

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