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Umatilla woman arrested after noisy brawls in camper

Sheila R. Rayburn

An Umatilla woman was arrested recently after neighbors reported multiple loud domestic brawls inside a camper.

Sheila R. Rayburn, 52, was charged with simple domestic battery and aggravated battery and taken to the Marion County Jail, where she was released Wednesday on her own recognizance. She’s scheduled to appear in Marion County Court on May 5.

A neighbor told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy about a heated argument between a man and woman that she believed turned physical inside the camper. As the deputy was speaking with the neighbor, a man in an orange shirt ran away from the incident location and into the woods. The neighbor identified him as the male half of the quarreling couple, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The deputy chased the man through the woods and caught up with him. His face was covered with blood and he had numerous injuries, primarily from running through the woods. The man, later identified as the victim, was hesitant to talk about what happened and said he didn’t want Rayburn to go to jail, but he eventually said they had gotten into multiple physical altercations, the report said.

The victim said several days earlier, he and Rayburn got into an argument over laundry and she kicked him in the chest and shoulder area about five times. The victim had a well-defined prominent bruise about 4 inches in diameter on his right shoulder, according to the report.

The victim said earlier that afternoon, they were arguing when Rayburn picked up a white ceramic coffee mug and threw it at him, striking him in his left elbow. The deputy observed an area of obvious swelling, about the size of a quarter, with a laceration in the middle of the swelling. The victim went through the dishes and provided the coffee cup that he said Rayburn threw at him, the report said.

Rayburn denied any sort of physical altercation and said she didn’t throw a coffee cup at him. She said the victim’s shoulder bruise happened when he tripped and fell into a fan while going into the bedroom area of the camper, according to the report.

The neighbor and her mother told the deputy there are constant physical disturbances at the incident location. They said earlier in the day, they saw Rayburn chasing the victim with a 2×4 board and swinging at him, although the victim denied those allegations. The witnesses said they didn’t see anything physical happen that night, but the altercation sounded physical. They said this was about the 20th time deputies had responded to the location.

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