NEWBERG, Ore. – A man escaped from a state-run residential facility in Newberg Thursday afternoon and immediately assaulted a family at a nearby home.
Richard Wright, 32, was living at a group home at 918 Charles Street when he assaulted a female staff member and escaped around 3:30 p.m., according to Capt. Jeff Kosmicki of Newberg-Dundee police.
Wright then immediately went inside a private home next door and started punching a 7-year-old boy, causing swelling and injuring his face, Kosmicki said.
When the boy’s mother tried to intervene, Wright then started punching her, injuring her forehead and left side of her face.
With Wright continuing to hit her, the mother pushed Wright out of her home, Kosmicki said.
During the assault, the woman’s 10-year-old son called 911.
Officers arrived shortly after and arrested Wright, Kosmicki said. He was charged with trespassing, reckless endangering and assault and taken to the Yamhill County jail.
The mother and injured son were taken to Providence Newberg Hospital for treatment.
"They're pretty traumatized, but they're going to be okay," said Diana Turner, the injured boy's grandmother. "Little guy woke up this morning and said, 'Hey, no nightmares, nobody broke into my house,' so they're going to be fine."
Police requested that Richard Wright not be placed back at the same residential facility, Kosmicki said.
A Department of Human Services spokesman said the home Wright was living in is part of a program called Stabilization and Crisis Unit that provides a safety net for Oregon's most vulnerable and challenged people with developmental disabilities.
"SACU provides support when no other community-based option is available -- this includes people with developmental disabilities coming out of the Oregon State Hospital, correctional system, and from crisis situations," said Gene Evans of DHS.
Evans said there are 23 residential homes along the I-5 corridor from Portland to Eugene. The program has a capacity to serve 98 adults and 10 children.