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Homicide Investigation - 01/15/22

On January 15th, 2022, at 12:36 p.m., officers were dispatched to a residence in the 800 block of Pennsylvania Avenue for an assault with a firearm. Upon arrival, the suspect, who is known to the victim, had fled the scene. The victim was beyond help and pronounced deceased.

The identities of the suspect and the victim are not being released at this time. Detectives are actively investigating the case, and are being assisted by the Oregon State Police Crime lab and the District Attorney’s Office. More information will be released as the case unfolds. 

In 2021, Medford Police investigated seven homicides, all of which resulted in an arrest.  

Anyone with infornation on this case is asked to phone 541-770-4783, case 22-843.

Assault / Kidnap Case - 01/13/22

On January 11th, 2022 Medford Police officers began investigating a brutal assault of a 31 year old woman. The victim suffered several facial injuries to the point her eyes were swollen shut, and had various head injuries which required stitches and staples. She had other bodily injuries as well. The woman was found by a passerby, walking on foot, asking for help, in a remote section of Salt Creek Road, at about 7:30 p.m.

Detectives assumed the investigation and determined the victim had been at acquaintances’ house in the 3500 block of Cherry Lane, in Medford on January 11th, 2022. While at the home, another woman named Jordan Broussard, 18 years old, began assaulting the victim. The assault continued for several minutes. Broussard and an accomplice, Michael Hambleton, 28 years old, who lives at the residence, then forced the victim into her own vehicle against her will. Hambleton drove as Broussard continued to assault the victim inside the vehicle. 

The suspects drove the victim six miles up Salt Creek Road, until they ran in to snow on the road. After stealing the victim’s phone and car keys, they left her there. The two suspects then got a ride back from another accomplice, who had followed them up there.

The victim walked approximately four miles until she found an occupied vehicle, and asked for help. Authorities were notified shortly thereafter.

On January 12th, 2022, detectives obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s residence on Cherry Lane. Hambleton is a convicted felon and was believed to be in possession of firearms. Due to those concerns, the Medford Police SWAT team assisted with the search warrant.

During the search warrant, both suspects were arrested without incident. Detectives found evidence of the crime at the residence, as well as two firearms. Both suspects were lodged.

Suspects:

Hambleton, Michael Benjamin

28 years old

Charges:

  • Robbery 2nd Degree
  • Assault 3rd Degree
  • Kidnapping 2nd Degree
  • Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
  • Theft 2nd Degree
  • Felon in Possession of Firearm

Bail: $225,000

Broussard, Jordan Marie

18 years old

Charges:

  • Robbery 2nd Degree
  • Assault 3rd Degree
  • Kidnapping 2nd Degree
  • Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
  • Theft 2nd Degree
  • Strangulation

Bail: $225,000

 

Purple Parrot Armed Robberies - 01/12/22

On January 11th, 2022, at 10:58 p.m., Medford Police officers investigated an armed robbery at the Purple Parrot, 1913 Delta Waters Road. The suspect entered the store and immediately menaced the employee with a handgun, demanding money. The suspect was met with resistance and fled the store without stealing money. Detectives believe this could be related to a Purple Parrot robbery which occurred in Central Point days earlier.

On January 6th, 2022 at 10:52 p.m., Central Point police officers investigated an armed robbery at the Purple Parrot, 1350 Plaza Blvd. The suspect fled prior to officers arrival.

The suspect's description is similar in both incidents. He is described as a male, stocky build, 5'10"- 6', wearing a dark facemask, sunglasses, dark hoody, light colored denim style pants, dark colored shoes, and was wearing dark gloves.

It is possible the suspect will continue committing robberies, most likely targeting Purple Parrots or similar establishments. Medford Police would like to remind businesses who may be targeted to review policy and procedure on what to do during a robbery. Police recommend to not have large amounts of money available, and to remove excess money from the cash register early and often. Ensure security cameras are working and in good order. Victim's of robberies are encouraged to comply, and be good witnesses. Call 911 as soon as possible, even if equipped with a panic / robbery button.

Anyone with information on these robberies are asked to phone dispatch, 541-770-4783, and reference MPD Case 22-622, and CPPD Case 22-153.

Fatal Traffic Accident - 01/01/22

Update: Correct spelling is Harbison, Timothy. 45 years old, not 46. His driver’s license had an address of Prospect, Oregon. 

Additional Details Released:

Deceased: Harbinson, Timothy, 46 years old. 

The investigation revealed that Harbinson was traveling southbound on Table Rock Road in his 2000 Ford Ranger when the vehicle lost control and flipped on its side, on the overpass. The vehicle came to rest in the northbound lane and was struck by a vehicle traveling northbound. The secondary accident triggered a crash with a third vehicle. Icy roads were believed to be a contributing factor. The case is non criminal. 

Prior release:

On December 31st, 2021 at 7:26 a.m., officers and medical personnel responded to a multiple car crash on the Table Rock Road overpass over Interstate 5. Upon arrival, officers found three vehicles were involved and one vehicle had flipped on its side. The driver of the flipped vehicle was deceased and the remaining involved parties were not injured.

The Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team (STAR) is on scene and being assisted by Medford Police Detectives. The decedent's identity is not being released pending next of kin notification. 

Homicide Investigation - Suspect in Custody - 01/01/22

Additional Details Released

Suspect: Smith, Brian Matthew. 28 years old

Deceased: Sahu, Bansi. 60 years old.

The first call involving Smith came in December 31st, 2021 at 12:15 p.m., when he was disorderly at the Chevron gas Station, 2232 Biddle Road. A male, later identified as Smith, was attempting to steal cigarettes and physically harassed the employee before leaving in a black Mazda 4 door. He was with a female, whom we have identified. 

The same vehicle was involved in two reckless driving calls around 12:24 p.m. One caller reported the vehicle had driven into some bushes in the alley near Lincoln Street and 10th Street. The vehicle drove away in a reckless manner and struck a curb near 10th Street and Hamilton Street. The crash caused a wheel to fold underneath the vehicle. At this point, the vehicle was occupied by only one person, believed to be Smith.

Additional callers reported the vehicle being driven into downtown Medford with a heavily damaged wheel. The vehicle finally became disabled at Earhart Street, near Riverside Avenue. 

An additional caller reported the suspect went to a room at the Sis-Q motel. One officer arrived on scene, and as she made her way to the front desk to speak with the manager, the suspect emerged from the office area covered in blood, and fled on foot. The officer caught the suspect after a foot chase, and utilized a taser to take him into custody.

When officers went back to the manager's office, they found the manager deceased. His wife was also injured from being assaulted. The investigation revealed just minutes prior to the officer arriving, the suspect forced his way into the manager's office, crawled under the plexi-glass partition and stole money from the register. During the robbery, the suspect assaulted the manager and forced his way into the manager's living quarters, where he continued to assault the manager and his wife. The manager, Bansi Sahu, died from his injuries. His wife was treated on scene with non life threatening injuries. 

The suspect was later lodged in jail for:

 - Murder

 - Robbery 1st Degree

 - Burglary 1st Degree

 - Burglary 2nd Degree 

Bail: None

 

On December 31st, 2021 at about 12:24 p.m., officers responded to the area of 10th Street and Hamilton Street for a hit and run accident. Several witnesses called in various locations of the involved vehicle as it made its way downtown. Several minutes later, officers found the damaged vehicle on Earhart Street, near Riverside Avenue, disabled and unoccupied. 

Officers were checking the area and were made aware of a disturbance at Sis-Q motel, 722 S. Riverside Avenue, which was nearby. The involved male fled as officers approached and officers caught him after a foot chase on Riverside Avenue. The suspect was taken into custody at 1:14 p.m. Officers then discovered the other person involved in the disturbance at the motel was deceased. The victim is believed to be an employee of the motel.

The involved suspect is believed to have been involved in other crimes earlier in the day, which are still under investigation. As a result there are multiple crime scenes. Detectives have taken over the case.

We ask for patience as detectives work through the difference crime scenes. More information will be released as the case unfolds. 

Fatal Hit and Run Traffic Crash - 12/29/21

Update - The traffic team is called the Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction team, (STAR). I left off the word “traffic” in the first press release.  

On December 27th, 2021 at 6:02 p.m., officers and medical personnel were dispatched to a person down, in the parking lot west of McDonalds, 3611 Crater Lake Hwy. The person reported he was run over by an unknown vehicle, and he was conscious. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Medford Police Detectives and Officers from the Serious Accident Reconstruction Team (STAR) assumed the investigation. The victim appears to have been homeless and was panhandling on the concrete median at an intersection in the parking lot, when he was run over by an unknown vehicle. 

The victim‘s name is not being released at this time, pending next of kin notification. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact our dispatch, 541-770-4783, and reference case 21-21029

Hixon prior mugshot
Hixon prior mugshot
Suspect Arrested in Pair of Robberies (Photo) - 12/28/21

On December 26th, 2021, at 5:06 p.m., Medford Police officers were dispatched to a reported armed robbery at Walgreens, 210 E. Barnett Road. Upon arrival the suspect was gone. Police learned the lone male suspect entered the store, approached the employee at the counter, produced a handgun, and demanded money. The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect was wearing dark clothing, and his face was covered with a black ski mask during the robbery.

On December 28th, 2021 at 10:50 a.m., an armed robbery was reported at Lumpy's restaurant, 801 S. Riverside Avenue. Upon police arrival the suspect was gone, and the description matched the prior robbery at Walgreens. In both cases, the suspect displayed a handgun. Video surveillance from both robberies was obtained and analyzed. 

On December 28th, 2021 at 12:45 p.m., an officer spotted a suspect walking on S. Central Avenue who matched the description. The suspect was detained and ultimately determined to be the robber. A BB gun was recovered, which looked similar to a real firearm, believed to be used during the robberies. 

The suspect was identified as David Americus Hixon, 59 years old, who was staying at a nearby motel. He is also on parole for Assault 2nd Degree. Hixon was interviewed and lodged in jail for two counts of Robbery 2nd Degree, bail $200,000. 

Attached Media Files: Hixon prior mugshot