Lane County Sheriff Deputies are asking the public’s help in finding a Yachats man wanted for the assault and attempted murder of his roommate. Tuesday (8/26) at about 11:30 am Lane County Sheriff’s deputies respond to an assault report at a home off Highway 101 south of Yachats, just inside Lane County. The 48-year old victim reported to deputies that he was listening to music in his living room when his roommate 62-year old Buddy Valentine reportedly began beating him with various objects and then doused him with lighter fluid.
The victim suffered multiple injuries in the attack and was taken by ambulance to Peace Harbor Hospital in Florence and was later transferred to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield for further treatment of his injuries. Valentine is wanted by police on charges of attempted murder; first degree assault I, first degree arson and menacing. He has been known to use several aliases, including: Byron Mathew McArthur, Byrom Mathew, Buddy Eric Valentine and other variations of those names. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who sees Valentine or knows of his whereabouts to call 9-1-1 immediately.