Ex-UP employee Patrick Ell pleads guilty to third degree assault of former UP employee Matthew Rygg

Ell is sentenced to 18 months in prison

By Austin De Dios and William Seekamp | December 14, 2021 5:22pm
Patrick Ell waits outside the courtroom with his attorney, Stephen Houze in December 2019. Ell was found guilty of third degree assault.
Media Credit: Madison Pfeifer / The Beacon

Two years to the day since ex-UP employee and UP alum Patrick Ell assaulted former Associate Vice President for Student Development Matthew Rygg with a baseball bat, on Dec. 13, Ell was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

As first reported by the Oregonian, Ell pleaded guilty to a single charge of third degree assault in Multnomah County Circuit Court

The assault happened the night of Dec.13, 2019 outside of Rygg’s home, where Ell was loitering outside, according to the probable cause affidavit. Rygg said Ell did not speak to him.

Danielle McQueen, who called 9-1-1, said that Rygg was “struck on the head and bleeding heavily.” 

“Mr. Rygg told me Patrick Ell struck him several times with great purpose and anger,” the report said. “Mr. Rygg told me he believed Patrick Ell was attempting to kill him.”

Rygg was sent to Emanuel Hospital where he was treated for head lacerations and had 18 staples placed into his scalp.

Ell’s wife, Kristen, was with Ell 10 to 15 minutes at a Christmas party before the attack — Ell left early in a separate car, the report said. 

Ell was home alone when she returned.

“Kristen did not know what Ell did during that time,” the report said. “Ell then remained at the house with his wife and daughter watching TV.” 

Ell was originally charged with second degree assault and held on bail. 

Campus Safety Director Sara Westbrook told police that Ell was upset about the outcome of an internal University investigation of a 2016 sexual assault reported by his daughter, who was a UP freshman at the time. The investigation found the accused “not responsible.”

“Ms. Westbrook told me Mr. Ell was angry about the allegations and about the university’s investigation and conclusion,” the report said. “Ms. Westbrook said Mr. Ell’s behavior and anger later resulted in his leaving the school. Ms. Westbrook told me she believed Mr. Ell was particularly upset with Matthew Rygg.”

Austin De Dios is Editor-in-Chief of The Beacon. He can be reached at dedios22@up.edu

William Seekamp is the News and Managing Editor of The Beacon. He can be reached at Seekamp22@up.edu