Police arrest one man, seek another in Kerby home invasion

Billy Jack BiggsJosephine County Sheriff's Department

The Josephine County Sheriff's Department has arrested one suspect and named a second in a home invasion robbery that targeted medical marijuana and a shotgun in Cave Junction last week.

Deputies arrested 33-year-old Billy Jack Biggs, also known as Blue, in Kerby Thursday afternoon. He was lodged in the Josephine County Jail on charges of first-degree assault, first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery, unlawful use of a weapon, and two counts of first-degree theft, as well as a warrant charging him with failure to appear on a methamphetamine possession charge.

Investigators linked Biggs to a robbery a week ago and are looking for Nick Jay Trautman, 30, whom they tentatively have identified as the other suspect.

Deputies were called to a break-in at about 8 p.m. Jan. 22. A 46-year-old Cave Junction man reported that two men armed with handguns had forced their way into his house in the 100 block of Kerby Street. They beat the man, leaving him with two broken fingers, a fractured skull and multiple cut on his head, the sheriff's department reported in a release. The man was treated at Three Rivers Community Hospital.

The two assailants then stole medical marijuana and a shotgun from the man.

The investigation is continuing. Detectives ask anyone with information about Trautman or with other information about the case to call Josephine County Sheriff's Major Crime Unit at 541-474-5153, or the department's confidential tip line at 541-474-5160.

— Anita Burke

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