Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Fri, February 28 2014 at 2:05 AM, Updated: Fri, February 28 2014 at 6:54 PM
Olene, Ore. -- A 12 hour crime spree and standoff ended in Klamath County late Thursday night with the capture of a suspect near Olene.
Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah says 22 year old Cylise Atchley of Chiloquin was arrested following an eight hour standoff...
"We took Silas Atchley, a career criminal, a thug, a person who preys on this town into custody."
Police say that shortly after 10 A.M. Thursday, some men caught Atchley stealing guns from their Swan Lake home.
Skrah says shots were fired as the men chased after the suspect...
"The suspect shooting at the burglary victim - and the burglary victim returning fire for his own protection."
Police say the suspect drove the stolen Bronco off the highway and then ran away.
Sheriff Skrah notes that all available officers, police dogs, and a helicopter were called in...
"We taxed every element we had. Everybody."
About 3 hours into the search, Skrah adds that another burglary was reported...
"Where again, a homeowner comes home and finds the same suspect in his home - he flees, stealing the owner's ATV."
The suspect was tracked to a mobile home not far from the Olene Store, about 9 miles east of Klamath Falls.
S.W.A.T. teams from across the state were called in to assist...at least one 'Bearcat' armored vehicle was brought in.
Sheriff Frank Skrah says a police dog ultimately was the key to Atchley's capture...
"He apparently had hidden underneath some tarps underneath the underskirting of the motor home. And the fine work of Sergeant Lewis and his canine, 'X' - and I guess he didn't want to get dogbit."
Skrah says burglary reports are still coming in...
We've got five burglaries, three stolen motor vehicles."
Skrah says Atchley has multiple cases pending in Klamath County Court...and now more charges will be added...
"This guy's a crime wave." Stated Sheriff Skrah. "He's a detriment to this community."
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.
Lyle's job history is quite colorful. He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.
Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience. "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".
When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.