Central Point, Ore. — An armed home invasion in Central Point, ended in a crash in Medford. The incident happened just before 6 p.m. Tuesday, at a home on Greenleaf Lane in Central Point.
“A gentleman that lived here was working in his garage,” Detective Josh Abbott of Central Point Police says, “he said three individuals described as two black males one Hispanic male- at least two of them armed- came into his garage, roughed him up a little bit, and duct taped him to a chair.”
Police say the suspects took off, hopping on I-5 SB before veering off the exit, at Barnett Road. Police continued to follow the vehicle through Medford, to North Phoenix Road.
Medford Police Sgt. Steve Furst said “OSP ended up making the decision to do a pit maneuver to stop the vehicle because it was heading back into a congested area.”
The vehicle lost control and crashed into a citizen in a pickup truck. That driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The two men in the suspect vehicle were arrested. They are facing multiple charges including robbery and elude.
The following day, police identified the suspects as Ashton Shamar Garrett and Erick Yair Cervantes Melinero, both from Fort Worth, Texas. They remain in the Jackson County Jail on charges including robbery, burglary, theft, menacing, assault and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Meanwhile, the Central Point homeowners were shaken up, but not seriously hurt.
The incident remains under investigation, including whether a third suspect was involved. Police said the evidence suggests the robbery was associated with a transaction involving several pounds of marijuana.
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