A homeless man is in serious condition at a local hospital after a severe beating left him with numerous injuries to his head and upper body, including fractures to the skull and neck.
Larry Vernon Singleton, 39, is currently being treated at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. Police say he cannot speak because of the extent of his injuries. Despite the neck injury, he is not paralyzed, police said. (Clarification: See below)
"He has multiple contusions on his face, and he also has a considerable amount of contusions on his upper body," said Lt. Mike Budreau, adding it's not yet known if Singleton was punched, kicked or beaten with a weapon.
A 911 call at 7:12 a.m. Monday reported a bloodied man sitting on a bench at a retail center at 1251 E. McAndrews Road. Paramedics found Singleton with severe head and neck injuries.
Singleton was first taken to Providence Medford Medical Center before being transferred to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.
Authorities say Singleton is known to frequent Medford's north side. Police know Singleton, who has been charged with multiple minor violations in the past.
Investigators are unsure whether the attack was at the hand of one or several suspects. They are also still investigating the exact time frame and location the assault took place. They believe it happened near where paramedics found him.
"We're really trying to speak with all the folks in the homeless community, particularly those on that north end of town," Budreau said. "If he was assaulted by another homeless person, we're sure the word's going to spread."
Anyone with information on the case should call Detective Tony Young at 541-774-2244.
— Ryan Pfeil
Clarification: Singleton's condition has been corrected throughout this version.