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Three Suspects Arrested for Two Residential Burglaries
On January 11th, 2019 the Medford Police Department investigated a daytime residential burglary on Sunrise Avenue. Video surveillance from a church in the area showed two male suspects leaving the area of the burglary carrying stolen property and getting into a mid-90’s green Honda Accord, that was driven by a third person. The victim had several thousands of dollars in jewelry and other personal property stolen. The suspects ransacked the residence and damaged a door during the burglary.
On January 12th, 2019 the Medford Police Department investigated a second daytime residential burglary that occurred on Hybiscus Street. The victim reported numerous firearms, jewelry and other personal property stolen. Video surveillance from a neighboring residence showed two male suspects approach the victim’s residence on foot. The suspects appeared to be the same two individuals from the incident on the 11th. Video surveillance further showed the same green Honda Accord leaving the area.
This morning at around 3:00 a.m., a Medford Police Corporal located the involved Honda Accord parked at Motel 6 off Alba Drive. The vehicle had been reported stolen in Washington State. Officers identified the motel room associated with the suspects. A female suspect, Ashley Ontiveros (age 29), was arrested without incident. Ontiveros was subsequently identified as the driver of the suspect vehicle during both burglaries. After a short foot chase, one of the male suspects, James Weber (age 29), was arrested. The investigation led to a search of a motel room where numerous firearms and other stolen property from the two burglaries was recovered.
Officers were able to identify the third suspect as Alexander Bowen (age 25). It was believed Bowen was staying at a residence in the 1100 block of Olympic Avenue. After numerous attempts to make contact with occupants inside the residence, a search warrant was obtained and executed at 9:44 a.m. Five people, to include Bowen were contacted inside the residence. An additional stolen firearm and other stolen items from the burglaries was recovered during the search warrant.
All three suspects are currently lodged at the Jackson County Jail on multiple charges. Additionally, Weber and Bowen are fugitives and had active warrants for their arrest out of Washington. Officers believe the three suspects had traveled to Medford from Washington in the stolen Honda Accord as part of a drug deal that was to take place.
The Medford Police Department would like to reiterate the importance of good video surveillance equipment. The Medford Police Department would also like to encourage people to register their video surveillance system with the Medford Police S.C.R.A.M. program at www.medfordpd.com/scram. The S.C.R.A.M registration collects your contact information so we can contact you in case there is a crime in your neighborhood.