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Man Escapes From Oregon Run Group Home; Assaults Newberg Family

While the assaults were taking place, the 10-year-old brother was able to call 911.


37-year-old Richard Lee Wright. Photo: Yamhill County Jail

(NEWBERG, Ore. ) - On Thursday afternoon, a 37-year-old man escaped from a state run community group home in Newberg, after assaulting one of the female staff members.

Police were called to the home at 3:30 p.m., and found that Richard Lee Wright, after escaping the group home, had run into a private residence next door, and assaulted a 7-year-old boy who lives in the home. Police said the boys face was severely swollen and injuries to his face was a result of Wright punching him multiple times.

While Wright was punching the boy, his mother attempted to intervene and rescue him, however, Wright then punched the mother causing injuries to her forehead and left side of her face as well. The mother was finally able to push Wright out of her home while he continued to hit her.

While the assaults were taking place, the 10-year-old brother was able to call 911 to notify the Newberg-Dundee Police Department. Officers arrived within minutes and took Richard Wright into custody. The mother and son assaulted during this event were transported to Providence Newberg Hospital for the treatment of their injuries, police said.

Wright is lodged at the Yamhill County Jail, and is being held on the following charges: Trespass in the 1st degree; Reckless Endangering; Assault in the third degree; Two Counts of Assault in the fourth degree.




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