Man found dead in Peach Tree Drive home

A man was found dead Sunday at the same Hood River address where a double-assault occurred Aug. 1.

Hood River police are investigating the death at a Peach Tree Drive home, where shortly after 9:30 a.m. on Sunday a neighbor found the body of Alan D. Mathis, 38, on the floor.

Hood River District Attorney John Sewell said the medical examiner called to the scene did not believe there was foul play involved in Mathis' death but an autopsy was scheduled on Monday to determine the exact cause of his death.

(The results were unavailable at press time on Tuesday).

The latest happening follows a violent attack on Aug. 4 against Clifton Adams, 31, who police said roomed with Mathis, and Donald Dufour, 29, who was visiting the home that evening. When three men stormed into the room about midnight, Adams was struck over the head with a baseball bat, which cracked his skull open, and Dufour sustained facial injuries after he was punched in the nose.

Samuel Bishop, 22, of Rowena and Aaron Hightower, 22, of Hood River, were arrested in connection with the Aug. 1 incident; police have identified a third party involved in the attack but he fled the area and has not yet been apprehended.

Although the assault lasted only a few moments, Adams' head wound required eight inside stitches and several staples. Dufour was left with a deep gash on the bridge of his nose but declined medical treatment. After their assailants ran back outside, the two victims observed the subjects getting into a vehicle that had one other occupant. That passenger, also from Hood River, was not charged in the crime.

As the car pulled away, Adams and Dufour called dispatch and relayed a description of the automobile, which was pulled over minutes later by the Hood River County Sheriff's Department on Second Street near Cascade Avenue.

One of the passengers in the suspect vehicle ran away on foot when deputies approached the car. He scrambled down an embankment near the Mount Hood Railroad depot and through a slough toward the freeway before managing to elude his pursuers. A bloody bat was found in the suspects' car and both Bishop and Hightower were arrested at the scene.

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