Arrest Made in Taxi Cab Robbery

Medford Police Dept. - 05/31/18 

On May 29th, 2018 at about 11:01 p.m., Medford Police officers were dispatched to a report of an armed robbery of a cab driver in the 700 block of Northwood Drive. Officers responded and utilized a police canine to track the suspect who fled in a westbound direction. Although the suspect was not located, the canine was able to find evidence discarded by the suspect, near some apartments in the 1000 block of Spring Street.
The victim cab driver reported that she picked up a fare at the Bear Creek Shopping Center, approximately 20 minutes prior to the robbery. After driving him to two locations, the suspect displayed a gun and robbed her of money.  The victim was able to provide a description.
The cab was processed by a forensic technician. Detectives were then able to tie the suspect, Raymond Mathes, 27 years old, to the crime based on forensic evidence located on the cab. Mathes is familiar to law enforcement due to his frequent contacts.
On May 30th, 2018, at about 7:30 p.m., a Medford Police officer spotted Mathes in the parking lot of CSL Plasma in the 1200 block of S. Riverside Avenue. The officer attempted to arrest Mathes, but he fled on foot. The officer was eventually able to chase him down and arrest him.
Mathes was interviewed and lodged in jail. The weapon used was located and was determined to be a very realistic looking replica bb gun. Detectives believe the suspect’s heroin addiction contributed to his motive to commit the robbery.
Mathes, Raymond William Jr
27 years old
Address: Transient
Robbey 2nd Degree
Parole Violation - Burglary 1st Degree
No bail.