NORTH BEND — A co-defendant has been named in an assault crime that resulted in a man being flown to a Portland hospital with a skull fracture and significant brain injury.

On July 21, Jacob Daniel Evans was arrested in the beating of a man found walking down the street covered in blood in North Bend the day before.

The district attorney’s theory is that the original suspect, Evans, conspired with Zahnie Joseph Moore Jr. to rob the victim of money he was going to buy methamphetamine with.

When the victim resisted, Moore struck him in head with the butt of a shotgun. According to court documents, Moore admitted to striking the victim.

The victim, 30-year-old Mark Eugene Hendrix of Millington, was transported to Bay Area Hospital.

At the hospital, medical professionals determined Hendrix sustained a skull fracture, a broken eye orbit and a broken nose. The skull fracture caused significant brain injury and Hendrix was air lifted to Oregon Health Sciences University.

The 27-year-old Evans was found in a shed near the crime scene the next day.

Both Evans and Moore are charged with attempted murder, assault in the first degree and two counts of robbery in the first degree. If convicted, the offenses require a mandatory prison sentence.

The defendants have been arrested for multiple crimes in the past.

In 2015, 29-year-old Moore was convicted of unlawful possession of methamphetamine and interfering with a police officer.

Evans had been released from prison and was on post-prison supervision for a first-degree theft charge at the time of the beating.

Last year, Evans was also convicted of misdemeanor driving while suspended and DUII.

Moore and Evan’s plea hearings are set for Aug 18.

Reach Saphara Harrell at (541) 269-1222 ext. 239 or by email at saphara.harrell@theworldlink.com

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