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Man Arrested for Breaking into Car and Masturbating in Public - 07/19/16

On July 18, 2016, at 9:49 pm Corvallis Police Department officers responded to the Carmike Cinemas at 750 NE Circle Blvd when a couple returned to their vehicle after watching a movie and found a naked male sitting in the front passenger seat. They called 911 and did not confront the male. Officers arrived on scene and found 32-year-old Morgan Morris of Corvallis sitting in the passenger seat of the vehicle with his shorts pulled down around his ankles and his feet on the dashboard. Morris was observed by officers masturbating while in the vehicle and he appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance.

Officers searched the vehicle and found a bottle of vodka and methamphetamine paraphernalia belonging to Morris. Morris was taken into custody and lodged at the Benton County Correctional Facility for Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Public Indecency, Criminal Mischief III, and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine on $53,500 bail.

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Corvallis Police Arrest Man for Robbing Coffee Shop - 07/06/16

On July 5, 2016, at 6:12 am Corvallis Police Department officers responded to Coffee Culture at 363 SW Jefferson Ave for a report of a robbery. An employee from the coffee shop called to report a man came into the shop, then asked the employee if there was money in the cash register. The male made movements toward his pockets and waistband making the employee feel that he was armed. The employee, feeling as if they would be harmed, handed the money from the register to the suspect who then left on foot.

Officers quickly arrived in the area and found the male suspect, identified as Homer K. Horner of Corvallis, walking down the sidewalk nearby. He was taken into custody, at which point a hatchet was found in his waistband. Horner was positively identified by the employee and was in possession of $117 in cash. He also was found in possession of methamphetamine upon arrest.

Horner was charged with Robbery II, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, and Interfering with a Peace Officer. He was lodged at the Benton County Correctional Facility on $137,500 bail.

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Corvallis Police Arrest Man for Robbery II and Menacing - 07/05/16

On May 15th, 2016, Corvallis Police Department officers responded to the 500 block of NW 21st St for a reported robbery. A male victim reported that an unknown white male approached him at that location and brandished a "Marucci" brand baseball bat, demanding the victim's wallet. The victim showed the suspect that he had no money and the suspect fled. The victim was able to provide a good physical description to officers but at that time they were unable to locate the suspect.

On June 18th, 2016, a male identified as Grant R. Studdard, reported a burglary at 529 NW 21st St. No suspects were developed from that report, then on June 20th, 2016, Studdard reported another burglary of his residence. During that investigation, Studdard stated he hit the suspect in the leg with a baseball bat. Officers seized four baseball bats, three of which were "Marucci" brand bats.

Corvallis Police Detectives continued to investigate and determined that Studdard matched the description of the robbery suspect from May 15th, 2016, and lived in the immediate area of that reported crime. The robbery victim was able to positively identify Studdard as the suspect and a search warrant was conducted on his residence, yielding further evidence. On July 1st, 2016, Studdard was taken into custody and charged with Robbery II and Menacing. He was lodged at the Benton County Correctional Facility on $112,500 bail.