Fugitive arrested for attempted murder

A fugitive wanted for an attempted murder in Hood River was arrested by Portland police last Friday.

James Eugene Paulk, Jr., from The Dalles was arraigned in Hood River Circuit Court on Monday for allegedly storming into a Peach Tree Drive residence and cracking the tenant's head open with a baseball bat on Aug. 4. Paulk has also been charged with first degree assault and burglary. He will enter a formal plea at his next court appearance on Aug. 29.

County law enforcement officials issued a warrant for Paulk after he fled from the suspect vehicle when it was stopped by police in downtown Hood River shortly after the attack. He was identified by sheriff's deputies from a previous booking photo at NORCOR.

During their investigation, local law enforcement officials followed up on a lead that Paulk was staying in the metro area and were assisted in an arrest by the Portland police. He is believed to have been wearing a stocking cap when he stormed through the door of the Hood River residence and struck Clifton Adams, 41, over the head with the bat. Adams' cracked skull required eight inside stitches and several staples to repair. Paulk has been lodged in NORCOR on a $250,000 security release amount.

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