Behavioral health resources remain low after another violent attack in Portland


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A woman is recovering after investigators say a man hit her in the head with a rock as she stood on the edge of a street.

The incident is believed to have taken place near the Unity Center for Behavioral Health in the Lloyd District.

The woman reportedly saw the suspect come and go but thought nothing of it. She then rolled over and felt a violent impact on her head.

Court documents revealed that Dwayne Anthony Simpson, the man accused of hitting the woman with the stone, had just been released from the Unity Center and did not know the victim.

Documents also showed Simpson had a “violent conviction record, including violent crimes” and was a “danger to the community and current victim”. Additionally, Simpson has a history of drug use.

There have been several recent cases where someone with mental health and addiction issues attacked someone in a public place. Unfortunately, mental health resources in Oregon are currently lacking.

“Oregon is in trouble right now…behavioral health, like other industries, is experiencing a workforce crisis,” said Heather Jefferis, executive director of the Behavioral Health Council of Oregon. .

Those court documents also say officers have recognized Simpson in previous calls. A statement said “the accused was a homicidal/suicidal person and intended to kill a woman or child”. Another caller said that after Simpson was released from Emanuel Medical Center, he was “very excited” and screaming that he was “going to punch a woman’s skull.”


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