Olene standoff suspect arraigned

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Fri, February 28 2014 at 2:42 PM, Updated: Sat, March 1 2014 at 12:01 PM

Klamath Falls, Ore. -- The target of a massive standoff near Olene Thursday night was in court to face charges Friday.

22 year old Cylise Dayne Atchley was booked at the jail shortly before 1am Friday morning.

"Was arraigned today related to a series of charges including robbery 1, many counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, aggravated theft, and burglaries."  Notes Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge.  "Just to name a few."

The charges stem from a wild crime spree that began at around 10 Thursday morning.

Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah says Atchley stole several guns from a home in Swan Lake - and then had a brief shootout with the victims as they tried to chase him...

"Shots were fired from the suspect at the victim, the victim shooting back at the suspect."

Police say Atchley drove off Highway 140 into a remote area, triggering an intense manhunt.

Sheriff Skrah notes that another burglary call came in at around 2...

"A homeowner comes home and finds the same suspect in his home - he flees, stealing the owner's A.T.V."

A helicopter tracked the suspect to a mobile home near Olene...and S.W.A.T. teams were called in from around the state to help.

Skrah says a police dog was sent in, leading to Atchley's capture at around 10, bringing the 8 hour standoff to a close...

"I guess he didn't want to get dog-bit."

D.A. Patridge says Atchley has already been linked to 5 burglaries and 4 vehicle thefts...

"The reports are still coming in."

Sheriff Frank Skrah was blunt in his opinion of Atchley:  "The guy's a crime wave.  He's a detriment to this community."

Charges against Atchley will go before a grand jury next week.

A check of Klamath County court records show that Atchley has pleaded 'guilty' over the past 2 years to charges including domestic violence, unlawful entry of a motor vehicle, theft, and failure to appear.

Charges of first-degree burglary and theft were pending in Klamath County Court.

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Lyle Ahrens

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.

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