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      Newberg man accused of punching woman, son faces new charges

      PORTLAND, Ore. - A Newberg man accused of breaking into a home and punching a woman and her seven-year-old son faces new charges in that case.


      But like so many times before, that suspect's mental problems are making it hard to press criminal charges against him. That's because a judge ruled Richard Lee Wright, 32, is not able to help in his defense. He has been sent for an evaluation at the state mental hospital.


      Wright faces a new indictment on a charge of first-degree burglary with intent to commit assault.


      Wright was living in a state-run group home in Newberg when he allegedly assaulted a staff member May 29, escaped from the facility, broke into a neighbor's home and began attacking the woman and her son.


      Wright was living in the Newberg group home after multiple arrests, including a 2005 assault charge that was dropped because of mental incompetency.


      He is scheduled to be back in court Aug. 6.

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