The homeless man found bleeding from numerous head and upper body wounds Monday has taken a turn for the worse as police continue to investigate whether he was beaten or suffered a serious accident.
Larry Vernon Singleton, 39, is listed in critical condition at Rogue Regional Medical Center, two days after restaurant workers at Cicily's Pastaria and Grill found him bloody and unresponsive on a bench near the front door.
Singleton suffered fractures to his skull and neck, which have left him unable to speak. Investigators have little to go on as to what might have caused his injuries, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said.
"Unfortunately, we are not getting any good information in this case," Budreau said. "This is unusual, because we have spoken with those in his circle and they have no idea how he ended up this way."
Singleton had no obvious enemies and is known to be quiet and keep to himself, Budreau said.
"No one said he was up to any trouble or that anyone had a beef with him," Budreau said.
Usually in major assault cases, rumors and theories fly among the victim's friends and family. Often, this information can lead to a break in the case. Not this time, however.
Rosalina Bulux, a cook at Cicily's Pastaria and Grill, arrived at work Monday morning with coworkers to find Singleton sitting on the bench.
"He had blood on his hands and on his face," Bulux said. "I knew it was time to call 911 when we saw him."
The restaurant sits in a retail center at 1251 E. McAndrews Road, but police suspect Singleton might have walked there after suffering the injuries.
Detectives have learned that Singleton suffers debilitating seizures on a regular basis and often falls to the ground.
"We do know that he has been known to hit his head when he falls," Budreau said. "It is possible that he suffered these injuries this way."
He had no alcohol or drugs in his system when he was brought in for treatment, Budreau said.
Detectives are not rushing to conclusions, Budreau said.
"We are going to take our time and see if this is an assault or not," he said. "If it is, then we want get someone in custody as soon as we can."
Bulux said she is concerned for Singleton's well being after seeing him on the bench that morning.
"Poor guy," she said. "I hope he's all right."
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Tony Young at 541-774-2244.
— Chris Conrad