Newberg group home resident accused of assaulting three
NEWBERG -- A man escaped from a state-run group home Thursday after he allegedly assaulted a staff member, entered a neighboring residence and struck a child, according to Newberg-Dundee police.
Richard Lee Wright, 32, was charged with two counts of fouurth-degree assault and one count each of first-degree criminal trespass and recklessly endangering another person. Bail was set at $32,500.
Police said Wright left the group home located at 918 Charles St. about 3:30 p.m.
Upon entering the residence, he punched a 7-year-old boy in the face multiple times, causing swelling and other injuries. Wright also struck the boy's mother when she tried to intervene, police said.
The mother, though injured, was able to push Wright out of her home. Her older son, who is 10, called 911.
The mother and younger son were treated at Providence Newberg Medial Center.
Police said they have asked the group home to place Wright in another facility.