January 6, 2017

Redmond Police investigate assault on homeless man

From Redmond Police Department,

Redmond police investigating serious assault

   Shortly after 4:00 pm, Tuesday, January 3rd, Officers from the Redmond Police Department responded to Saint Charles Medical Center – Redmond after 911 Dispatch received a call from a person stating they were driving an unconscious male to the hospital from the area east of Redmond. Redmond Police Officers and Detectives contacted friends and family of the victim at the hospital.

   An investigation, which is still ongoing, was started into the circumstance of the assault. Detectives learned the assault took place on vacant land on the east side of Redmond, within the city limits. This area has several transient camps both within and outside the city limits.

   The victim is a 29-year-old male, and a known Redmond area transient. When he arrived at the hospital, he did not have a heartbeat, and he was not breathing. Hospital staff worked very hard to save the male’s life. The victim was later transferred by Air Link Critical Care ambulance to Saint Charles Medical Center – Bend, where he remains in critical condition.

   Throughout the night, the investigation continued and two people of interest were identified. Just after midnight, Detectives and Officers performed a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle. The two people inside were contacted and interviewed at the Redmond Police Department. Both have been released, pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation.

   The area immediately east of Redmond has several transients and homeless people living on both private and public (BLM) property. Homelessness is a societal issue which can only be solved by our community coming together. Your Redmond Police Department and the City of Redmond are working with the Homeless Leadership Coalition to help find a solution to this problem. The Redmond Police Department understands the frustrations of the private property owners affected by the homeless population residing on their property, and we are very appreciative of their willingness to allow the Homeless Coalition to work to resolve this issue.

   The Redmond Police Department was assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office.

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