Separate violent incidents along the Bear Creek Greenway have led to the arrests of two men, including one who is a registered sex offender.
Larry Michael Odom, 57, of the 100 block of South Main Street in Phoenix, is accused of using a metal baseball bat in the beating of a man along the pedestrian and bicyclist path.
A registered sex offender, Odom is being held in the Jackson County Jail on $505,000 bail on charges of second-degree assault, first-degree robbery, second-degree robbery and possession of methamphetamine, according to jail records.
He entered not guilty pleas to the charges Monday and is scheduled to go to trial June 27 in Jackson County Circuit Court, court records show.
Odom was arrested on May 9 after an injured, limping man approached a Phoenix police officer and reported he had been attacked by three men while sleeping along the Greenway, according to a probable cause affidavit by Phoenix police.
The man said he was awakened by the three men hitting him on the back. One held a knife to his neck while the other two stole his bicycle, which was worth about $80, the affidavit said.
The knife-wielding man also had a shiny, silver-colored bat. The injured man reported he was struck several times on his back, shoulder and face, the affidavit said.
The injured man told police he was 100 percent certain the attacker with the knife and bat was Odom, the affidavit said.
His injuries included a bloody eye with impaired vision, a knot behind his ear the size of a golf ball, an arm he could not lift without unbearable pain and multiple scrapes, the affidavit said.
Police found and detained Odom, who had a knife sheath. While he was in a police vehicle, he dropped a plastic bag filled with powder that tested positive for methamphetamine, the affidavit alleged.
Odom’s past convictions include first-degree sexual abuse, failure to report as a sex offender, second-degree theft, third-degree theft, possession of methamphetamine, delivery of methamphetamine, tampering with physical evidence, driving under the influence of intoxicants and harassment, according to Oregon court records.
In a separate incident along the Greenway, a woman reported her boyfriend had slapped her, pinned her down against a shopping cart, punched her and threatened her with a machete on May 10, according to a probable cause affidavit by Medford police.
Medford police found and arrested Raymond James Bailey on May 11, the affidavit said.
Bailey, 25, of the 2400 block of Amaryllis Street in Medford, was lodged in jail on $25,000 bail on charges of unlawful use of a weapon, fourth-degree assault, menacing and harassment, according to court documents.
He entered not guilty pleas to the charges Monday and has a pre-trial conference hearing scheduled on June 4, court records show.
Bailey’s past convictions include driving without insurance, fourth-degree assault, methamphetamine possession and menacing.
In the past menacing case from 2017, Bailey pointed an airsoft gun at a man who was arguing with Bailey’s girlfriend. A court order was in place banning Bailey from contact with his girlfriend — the same woman in the new menacing and assault case, according to affidavits from the cases.
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