Newberg man accused of punching woman, son faces new charges

Newberg man accused of punching woman, son faces new charges
Richard Wright

PORTLAND, Ore. – A Newberg man accused of breaking into a home and punching a woman and her seven-year-old son faces new charges in that case.

But like so many times before, that suspect's mental problems are making it hard to press criminal charges against him. That’s because a judge ruled Richard Lee Wright, 32, is not able to help in his defense. He has been sent for an evaluation at the state mental hospital.

Wright faces a new indictment on a charge of first-degree burglary with intent to commit assault.

Wright was living in a state-run group home in Newberg when he allegedly assaulted a staff member May 29, escaped from the facility, broke into a neighbor's home and began attacking the woman and her son.

Wright was living in the Newberg group home after multiple arrests, including a 2005 assault charge that was dropped because of mental incompetency.

He is scheduled to be back in court Aug. 6.