Man in coma after meet-up to sell car in Pierce County

GRAHAM, Wash. — The family of an 18-year-old Pierce County man says he is in a medically induced coma after being severely beaten during a test drive of his car (not pictured here) he had posted for sale on the "Offer Up" app. (photo: KOMO News)

An 18-year-old Pierce County man is in a medically induced coma after a vicious attack from a possible car buyer he met through an on-line re-sale site, .

KOMO News reports that Xavier Gamez was beaten and left for dead after meeting a prospective buyer for his Audi sedan at a grocery store in Graham, WA.

His grandfather says Gamez chose the Graham Safeway parking lot for the transaction last Sunday morning, considering it a safe place for such a transaction. The grandfather says he even went along for support, and everything went fine until the man in his 30s asked for a test drive.

Not wanting the driver to take it alone, Gamez got in the car with the man by himself. He was later found several blocks away dumped in the middle of the road severely injured.

His grandfather wrote on Facebook, “The man ambushed my grandson four blocks away and nearly beat him to death just to steal the listed car. He was dumped in the street and left him to die. My grandson is now in a medically induced coma with severe brain trauma.”

Deputies say they are doing everything they can to find the attacker who is still at large.

In this case, detectives are checking for surveillance video from surrounding businesses and stores in Graham. They have a good witness in the grandfather and say they hope to find whoever did this soon.

They recommend that if someone wants a test drive to have another person go with you. And take a picture of the person, their car and identification and send it to someone you trust. That way if something goes wrong police have a lot to work with. If the prospective buyer doesn’t want to do that, move onto the next buyer because something may be wrong.

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