Grants Pass Dept. of Public Safety

On 10/12/19, at about 0635 hours, the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS) 911 Dispatch received a report of an assault in front of the 7/11 store, located at 790 SW 6th Street. It was mentioned a (36 year-old) female had been punched by a male and a cell phone was stolen. As GPDPS police units were responding, dispatch advised the male suspect had brandished a knife and made threats to stab the female after chasing her. The male suspect fled the area on foot in an eastbound direction.

Police units arrived and set a perimeter in the last known area for the fleeing male suspect. He was quickly located and ran from officers to the area of SE 8th and SE M Streets. He was placed in custody without incident after being challenged by police officers. The male suspect was identified as 46 year-old Brian Thornburg, who has a last known address of Selma. After witness statements were obtained, police units located the knife where Thornburg had thrown it when he saw officers arrive. The knife was seized for evidence purposes. Thornburg was lodged at the Josephine County Adult Jail on numerous charges to include Robbery 1, Assault, Unlawful use of a Weapon, Menacing and Disorderly Conduct. The female victim sustained minor injuries.