Coquille man arrested after attacking man with a claw hammer
COQUILLE, Ore. – Authorities in Coos County are searching for a man following an assault in Coquille.
Just after 4 p.m. Wednesday, Coquille Police officers were alerted to a reported assault at Four Seasons Inn on West Central Avenue.
The caller reported the assault happened inside the inn by a man armed with “what has been determined to be a claw hammer,” the Coos County District Attorney said.
Police say they found a 33-year-old man lying on the floor in the inn. He has recently moved into Oregon and is believed to be a Coquille resident, the DA said.
“He had an obvious head injury,” Coos County DA R. Paul Frasier said. He was transported to Coquille Valley Hospital and then transferred to RiverBend in Springfield. “The information we have is that Mr. Navarro has a fractured skull but that he is not, at least for the moment, in a life-threatening situation.”
Police identified the assailant as 46-year-old Richard Eugene Dockery of Coquille.
Police set up an area perimeter search for Dockery and tracking teams were deployed from Coos County Sheriff’s Office and Coos Bay Police Department, but he’s yet to be located.
Witnesses reported seeing Dockery walking northbound on W. Central after he had left the Four Seasons Inn.
According to the DA’s report, witnesses said Dockery entered the bar while armed with the claw hammer and a small pry bar, where he then approached the victim and struck him in the head with the hammer. Three bar patrons intervened and stopped the assault.
Dockery then left the bar and was seen leaving the inn with the pry bar in his possession. The hammer believed used in the assault was recovered at the scene, authorities said.
There is no known connection between Dockery and the victim, and “we do not know why Mr. Dockery assaulted (the victim),” the DA said.
Dockery’s current location is unknown. The DA says the Coos County Jail booking photo (pictured) shows Dockery bald, but witnesses reported him having short, light brown hair. When last seen, “Dockery was nude from the waist up,” authorities said, adding he has numerous tattoos on his arms, chest and neck.
“Given that Mr. Dockery was last seen armed with a metal pry bar,” DA Frasier said, “it must be assumed that he is armed and dangerous.”
Anyone who sees encouraged to not make contact with him and immediately call 911 and report his location.