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Aaron Brown
Aaron Brown
Walmart Robbery Suspect Arrested (Photo) - 07/19/18

On July 19th, 2018 at about 11:24 AM, The Medford Police Department responded to a 911 call from employees at the North Medford Walmart on Highway 62. The employees reported that a male had entered the store and stolen items from inside and then threatened employees with a handgun. The employees provided a description and a direction of travel as the male exited the store. Two plainclothes detectives were in the area of this call and were on scene immediately and located the suspect walking through the Walmart parking lot, still holding the handgun in his hand. Officers verbally addressed the male who refused to drop the handgun at first, but eventually placed it at his feet. The suspect then refused to step away from the gun and remained verbally uncooperative with officers as they attempted to persuade him to step away from the gun. Due to the heavy foot and vehicle traffic in the area, the officers on scene deployed a distraction device and simultaneously deployed a less lethal sponged-tipped munition designed to be a non-lethal, pain compliance munition. These had the desired effect and officers were able to close the distance with the suspect and keep him from his firearm. The suspect was taken into custody and medical personnel were called to the scene to attend to apparent minor injuries. The weapon was determined to be a very real looking pellet pistol. Medford Police Detectives assumed the investigation and the suspect was transported to the Medford Police Department where he was interviewed and then lodged at the Jackson County Jail. During this incident the Walmart parking lot as temporarily closed and traffic was diverted. The parking lot was opened a short time later.

The suspect has been identified as:

Brown, Aaron Michael, DOB/09-28-86 (Photo Attached)

Charges: Robbery in the Second Degree x 3, Total Bail $30,000 

Attached Media Files: Aaron Brown
Medford Police Assist in Apartment Fire Evacuations - 07/13/18

MPD Case #: 18-14034

On July 13, 2018 at approximately 2:07pm, Medford Police officers responded with Medford Fire-Rescue to the Valley Pines Apartment complex at 649 Royal Ave. The first officer was on scene in four minutes and observed the fire had spread to two units and was threatening several others. Five Medford Officers were quick to act and entered the building to begin evacuations while Medford Fire-Rescue began to battle the blaze. The officers were able to contact several residents and communicate with Medford Fire-Rescue when the smoke grew too heavy to continue. Two people were transported to a local hospital for smoke inhalation and one male was rescued from a third floor balcony by a Medford Fire Department ladder truck. 

The quick actions by the intial officers on scene and Medford Fire-Rescue to quickly knock down this fire likely saved extensive damage to the complex and injury to residents. 

Police Investigators and Medford Fire continue to investigate the cause of this fire. 

Tri-fold Wallet
Tri-fold Wallet
Subway Restaurant robbed at gun point, suspect remains outstanding (Photo) - 07/10/18

On July 3rd, 2018 at about 9:31 p.m., an unknown male entered the Subway restaurant, located at 1600 Delta Waters Road.  The male displayed a handgun and demanded money from the lone clerk. The male received an undisclosed amount and fled on foot.

A police canine responded and searched the area. The suspect was not located, but his discarded clothing worn during the robbery was found by Pet Smart, on the north side of the building. The clothing is described as a gray long sleeve shirt, camo BDU pants and a black baseball cap. A gray tri-fold nylon wallet was also located with the clothing.

The suspect was described as a white male, approximately 40 years old, with dark brown hair. The suspect covered his face with a dust mask during the robbery.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Medford Police Detective Division, 541-774-2230.

Tips for businesses open late night:

  • Drop money from the cash register often
  • Comply with the suspect
  • Be observant if you can
  • Call 911 right away, even if you have a robbery alarm button

Arrests Made in Downtown Vandalism Cases - 06/29/18

On June 27, 2018 at approximately 3:40 AM, Officers were dispatched to the YMCA, in the 500 block of W. 6th Street, for a report of two vending machines on fire.  Officers used their fire extinguishers to prevent the fire from spreading.  Medford Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire.  Two vending machines and a portion of the building were damaged during the fire. 

Surveillance video of the incident was reviewed and Detectives determined three males were at the vending machine just prior to the fire. One of the males lit a firework and placed it in the vending machine. Within a few minutes the machine caught fire and was fully engulfed.

Detectives identified the males and discovered they were involved in several vandalism cases throughout the night. The additional cases included a window that was broken at the Medford Mail Tribune building and a damaged vehicle caused by bottles being thrown from the top of the Middleford Parking Garage.

The following suspects have been charged in the investigation:

Corey Timberlake - 19 years of age

Arson Second Degree and Criminal Mischief First Degree

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Zaryun Depriest - 18 years of age

Criminal Mischief Second Degree

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Thomas Graham - 15 years of age

Criminal Mischief Second Degree

Image not available - Juvenile