Missouri man accused of assaulting woman shortly after being discharged from hospital

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A man has been charged with assault for allegedly hitting a woman in the head with a basketball-sized boulder shortly after being discharged from an emergency room for people with mental health issues in Portland, Oregon.

Dwayne Simpson, of Missouri, was held without bail Wednesday pending another hearing in the Multnomah County Circuit Court later this week, The Oregonian/OregonLivereported.

Court documents say Simpson, 40, is accused of hitting the woman in the back of the head, causing her head to hit a concrete barrier as she fell to the ground.

Officials who responded Tuesday to the Unity Center for Behavioral Health in northeast Portland saw a 55-year-old woman with “significant amounts of blood” around her, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Witnesses told police the woman was unconscious for about two minutes afterward, Assistant District Attorney Michael Lee’s affidavit said.

She was taken to a hospital for treatment. Her condition has not been released.

An officer realized Simpson had sparked a police response on July 24 after callers to 911 reported an agitated man screaming that he was “going to crack a woman’s skull in,” according to the affidavit.

Police had taken Simpson to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in the case, but he was released later in the day and more 911 calls were made about his behavior, documents say. According to court documents, the police were then unable to locate him.

Details about his recent treatment at the Unity Center have not been released.

Simpson was charged with attempted first-degree assault, second-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon. It was not immediately known if he has an attorney who can speak on his behalf.

https://fox2now.com/news/missouri/missouri-man-accused-of-assaulting-woman-just-after-hospital-release/ Missouri man accused of assaulting woman shortly after being discharged from hospital

Sarah Y. Kim

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