Couple assaulted, robbed in downtown Corvallis

A 27-year-old transient man was arrested in downtown Corvallis on Monday evening for allegedly assaulting a couple and their dog with rocks and a stick, then leaving with the woman’s purse and bicycle.

Corvallis police arrested Dennis Richard Becker on charges of robbery, theft, assault, animal abuse, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, attempted escape and disorderly conduct.

Robert and Lynette Brokaw of Corvallis flagged down a patrol car near Fourth Street and Western Boulevard on Monday at 8:07 p.m. after the alleged assault, according to Capt. Dave Henslee of the Corvallis Police Department.

They reported to police that a man who appeared intoxicated began talking to them as they were walking by his encampment beneath the bridge at Third Street and Philomath Boulevard.

After they asked him to leave them alone, the suspect allegedly pushed Robert Brokaw to the ground and picked up a stick and stuck their dog. As the couple tried to leave, the suspect reportedly threw rocks at them the size of grapefruit.

They suffered visible injuries, Henslee said, but refused medical treatment.

Police picked up Becker west of the location along the bike route.

He reportedly fought arrest and tried to slip out of his handcuffs while in the patrol car, Henslee said. Due to his behavior and perceived level of intoxication, he was taken to the hospital for medical clearance before being taken to jail. While at the hospital, he allegedly damaged a wheelchair and attempted to kick an officer.

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