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Suspect in Coquille hammer attack caught

A man accused of entering a bar shirtless and attacking another man with a claw hammer has been arrested. KEZI 9 News discovered this isn't his first arrest.

Posted: Jan. 18, 2018 11:12 AM
Updated: Jan. 19, 2018 11:49 AM

COQUILLE, Ore. -- A man accused of attacking another man with a claw hammer in Coquille has been arrested.

Witnesses told police Richard Dockery entered the bar shirtless, armed with a claw hammer and a small pry bar Wednesday afternoon. Dockery approached another man, Dan Navarro, and struck him in the head with the claw hammer, according to deputies.

They are working to find out why Dockery attacked Navarro. They said the two men didn't know each other.

Deputies said Dockery left the bar after three customers intervened and stopped the attack.

They say the hammer was found at the scene.

Deputies said Dockery lives five blocks north of the bar. They closed off several blocks as they searched near Dockery's home. After getting a warrant, deputies searched the home but Dockery was not there.

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Dockery was arrested Thursday morning. They said officers were ordered to back down, leaving only Coquille police and the sheriff's office watching the home.

Dockery was seen entering the home around 5:45 a.m. Officials believe he hid in some bushes near his home until he thought law enforcement had left. That is when officers moved in and arrested him.

Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier said he will charge Dockery with attempted murder and assault. Dockery is expected to appear in court Friday morning.

This isn't Dockery's first run in with law enforcement. In December 2017, authorities said he was arrested after stopping to buy alcohol while driving an injured 7-year-old boy to the hospital after leaving the scene of a crash. Deputies said he was driving drunk.

READ MORE: Deputies: Man makes beer run with injured child in car

In 2015, Dockery was convicted of assault.

And in March 2011, Dockery pleaded guilty to assault in the third degree after shooting a man during an argument. Court records show, he was sentenced to 60 months in prison.

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