Eagle Point man jailed after violent episode

Eagle Point man jailed after violent episode

EAGLE POINT — A man found running naked, screaming and splattered with blood at his rural property outside Eagle Point Thursday evening is in jail on more than $1 million bail, suspected of trying to rape his wife and killing a lamb.

Leland Scott Kinkey, 46, of the 15000 block of Highway 62, is lodged on charges of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree attempted rape, felony fourth-degree assault, strangulation and aggravated animal abuse.

A 911 call at 7:05 p.m. Thursday summoned Jackson County sheriff's deputies to the property near the junction of highways 234 and 62 to deal with a domestic dispute that had turned into physical violence.

"We didn't know the seriousness of it until (deputies) got on scene," said Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Andrea Carlson.

A deputy reportedly found Kinkey naked, screaming and covered in blood. Two additional deputies were immediately called.

"We tend to roll multiple units whenever a call of that severity is indicated to begin with," Carlson said.

Kinkey reportedly had become outraged while working on a van with mechanical problems. Witnesses said Kinkey became agitated and allegedly tried to rape his wife. She escaped the attack and tried to flee the property with their two children, ages 5 and 6.

As she tried to leave in the van Kinkey had been working on, he pulled her out by her hair, started beating her, and tried to rape her a second time in front of the children, the Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

Two other adults living on the property broke up the altercation and called 911. Kinkey then picked up a lamb belonging to them and slammed it down on a vehicle, breaking its neck, the news release said.

He later told investigators he killed the lamb because he "was trying to be a man," the Sheriff's Department news release reported.

The woman declined medical attention, the Sheriff's Department reported.

Investigators suspect the man was under the influence of alcohol and other unknown intoxicants, Carlson said.

"You never like to go to cases like this," Carlson said. "They're sad for everybody to go to. It's extremely severe, and this individual is where he belongs."

Kinkey is being held on $1.025 million bail. He does not have a previous criminal history in Jackson County, court records show.

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