COQUILLE — A suspect in a claw hammer attack at a Coquille bar was arrested at 5:45 a.m. Thursday, according to Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier.
Richard Eugene Dockery, 46, was arrested and will likely be charged with attempted murder and assault in the first degree for the Wednesday afternoon attack at The Four Seasons Inn, located at 1030 West Central Blvd., in Coquille. He is expected to be arraigned Friday morning at 8:15 p.m. in Coos County Circuit Court.
According to Frasier, Dockery was arrested without incident at his home located at 1562 West Central Blvd., about five blocks north of the Four Seasons Inn. Coquille police were assisted by reserve deputies of the Coos County Sheriff's Office in the arrest after setting up surveillance of Dockery's residence late Wednesday night after most of the officers searching for Dockery stood down.
Coquille police were assisted by other law enforcement agencies countywide in the search for Dockery on Wednesday night into early Thursday in connection with the assault at 4:34 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
The victim was identified as Dan Navarro, 33, believed to be a Coquille resident who, according to Frasier, was attacked for an unknown reason. Frasier said the man was sitting at the bar when the suspect allegedly walked in, pointed at the victim and struck him in the head with the hammer.
Three patrons inside the bar stopped the attack and Dockery was reported to have fled northbound on West Central Boulevard.
"The patrons talked him down and the suspect fled," Frasier said.
Witnesses at the scene said Dockery entered the bar armed with the hammer and a small pry bar. Dockery approached Navarro and struck him in the head.
Police cordoned off the area at eastbound state Highway 42 and West Central Boulevard and diverted traffic into downtown. The Coos County Sheriff's Office and the Coos Bay Police assisted in the search by deploying K-9 units. Navarro was taken by ambulance to Coquille Valley Hospital with a skull fracture and was later transferred to Riverbend Hospital in Springfield, Frasier said.
The Coos County Major Crime Team was activated and officers from the Coquille Police Department, Coos County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, Coquille Tribal Police, Coos Bay Police Department, North Bend Police Department, the Coos County Medical Examiner's Office and the Coos County District Attorney's Office responded to assist in the investigation. Coquille police was the lead agency in the investigation.
Dockery's residence was surrounded by police Wednesday night and a search warrant was executed on the residence about 9 p.m. Wednesday, but Dockery was not found.