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Metro unsure if Judge Goodman was attacked; public's help sought

Judge Eric Goodman in 2012. (Las Vegas Sun)
Judge Eric Goodman in 2012. (Las Vegas Sun)
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Updated: 1/31 3:57 pm
By Ana Ley
LAS VEGAS SUN

Investigators don’t know whether Judge Eric Goodman was attacked before he was found unconscious inside a restroom at a Summerlin park earlier this month, Metro Police clarified late Saturday.

In a prepared statement, Officer Bill Cassell said police have not determined whether a crime was committed before Goodman was found at South Tower Park on Dec. 15. Police said he was seen leaving his home for a jog about 11 a.m. that day, and more than three hours later someone found him at the park near West Charleston Boulevard and Vista Run Drive.

Goodman, a son of Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and former Mayor Oscar Goodman, has not given police any details about the incident because he has been recovering from his injuries, Cassell said.

Early media reports incorrectly said Goodman had been assaulted.

On Monday, Metro issued a statement seeking information about the incident, though the department did not then identify Goodman.

Referring to him only as a victim, police asked for tips from anyone who spotted Eric Goodman at the park that day before he was found inside the bathroom with injuries to his head.

Eric Goodman, who is about 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs about 220 pounds, was said to be wearing a gray knitted cap and a gray jogging suit on the day of the attack. He has short, blond hair and blue eyes.

His father on Saturday said his son was doing well, calling the recovery "a miracle of miracles." Both parents had previously released a statement via city officials saying their son is at a rehabilitation center. The family asked for privacy.
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