A homeless man was in serious condition at a local hospital Tuesday after a beating that left him with numerous injuries to his head and upper body, including fractures to his skull and neck.
Larry Vernon Singleton, 39, was being treated at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. Police said he could not speak because of the extent of his injuries but, despite the neck injury, he was not paralyzed.
"He's been in a semiconscious state at some points, but not able to verbalize any words," said Lt. Mike Budreau. "It's almost like a homicide, but he's not dead."
It's not yet known whether Singleton was punched, kicked or beaten with a weapon.
"He has multiple contusions on his face, and he also has a considerable amount of contusions on his upper body," Budreau said.
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 took him first to Providence Medford Medical Center then transferred him to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.
He had no intoxicants in his system when he was brought in for treatment, Budreau said.
Authorities say Singleton, who has been charged with multiple minor violations in the past, is known to frequent Medford's north side.
According to records, police have responded to 59 incidents involving Singleton since 2008, including disorderly conduct, vandalism and drinking in public, Budreau said. Court records show he was found guilty of possession of a controlled substance three times between 2001 and 2008, once for methamphetamine.
Investigators are unsure whether the attack was at the hand of one or several people. They also are trying to determine when and where the assault took place. Police don't think it could have happened far from where paramedics found him, because of the extent of Singleton's injuries.
"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 about the case is asked to call Detective Tony Young at 541-774-2244.
Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or firstname.lastname@example.org.