Man Strikes Woman in Head with 34.5lb Rock in Portland

Earlier this week, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that Dwayne Anthony Simpson, 40, was arraigned on three charges, including Attempted Assault in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

The charges stem from an incident on or about August 9, 2022, Simpson was in the area of Northeast 2nd Avenue and Northeast Wasco Street. A woman in the area observed Simpson walking up and down the street. She turned her back to him and subsequently felt a sharp impact on her head and fell to the ground, also hitting her head on a concrete barrier in the course of the fall. The victim was uncertain whether or not she lost consciousness after the attack.

Witnesses reported seeing Simpson carrying a large rock in his hands and striking the victim with it. They also reported the victim lay motionless for approximately two minutes after the attack. She was taken to an area hospital for medical attention.

Portland police officers responded to the attack and arrested Simpson. Police officers obtained the rock Simpson allegedly used to strike the victim as evidence and determined it was approximately the size of a basketball and weighed 34.5 pounds. 

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office asked the court to hold the defendant in custody without bail until trial. The court ruled that the defendant was charged with a crime eligible for detention, and deferred any further ruling until a full hearing on the matter can be scheduled. The defendant will remain in custody until further order of the court.


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