Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Wed, April 23 2014 at 5:08 PM, Updated: Wed, April 23 2014 at 11:40 PM
Klamath Falls, Ore. - A Klamath Falls man is charged with attempted murder...and two others face multiple charges following an alleged robbery, and a high-speed pursuit through Klamath County.
The suspects were arrested following a manhunt that lasted nearly 4 hours.
Detective Jack Daniel of the Klamath Falls Police Department says the incident began when a man was stabbed in the hand during a robbery at an apartment building...
"Some property was stolen during the course of the robbery at approximately 10 A.M., all three suspects were present at that time."
Those suspects have been identified as 22 year old Seth Hernandez, 29 year old Keith Jackson, and 22 year old Joshua Morris.
They're accused of leading police on a high speed chase that began south of Malin, continued to Bonanza, and ended in Klamath Falls just before 3 Tuesday afternoon.
Police say the suspects drove into oncoming traffic, and tried to hit officers who were setting out spike strips.
"The vehicle actually swerved at those officers." Adds Detective Daniel. "Causing them to have to jump out of the way."
Police say Morris was at the wheel...he's charged with attempted murder.
At arraignment today, Seth Hernandez was charged with first-degree robbery - a measure 11 crime.
Keith Jackson was released on his own recognizance.
The man who was stabbed was treated at Sky Lakes Medical Center, and later released.
Police ended their pursuit south of Malin shortly after 11 A.M. due to safety concerns.
They resumed the chase just after 1:30, when the suspects were seen driving near Bonanza.
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.