Police expect to make arrest as soon as suspect recovers

Police say they expect within a day to arrest the Medford man and convicted child molester who investigators suspect stabbed his wife and four young children and set their west Medford house on fire, killing everyone but himself.

Jordan Adam Criado, 51, remained in the Rogue Valley Medical Center today under police custody while receiving treatment for smoke inhalation. He will be arrested as soon as he is able to be released from the hospital, Medford police Chief Tim George says.

"He's not walking out of there alone," George said. "He's walking out with us."

Criado has not yet been charged in the case.

Indictments containing multiple murder charges typically include at least one charge of aggravated murder, which could lead to the death penalty in Oregon upon conviction.

Investigators armed with a search warrant late this morning entered the Criados' house at 1027 W. 10th St. to recover evidence of the five deaths that represent the single largest homicide case in Jackson County's modern history.

Killed were Criado's wife, Tabasha Paige-Criado, 30, along with four children who have not yet been positively identified by investigators.

Several sources and school records have identified the Criados' eldest children as 7-year-old Elijah and 6-year-old Isaac. Tabasha Paige-Criado's Facebook page also listed her other children as 5-year-old Andrew and 2-year-old Aurora Elizabeth.

Police have said mother and children were all victims of stab wounds and smoke inhalation from the fire Criado allegedly set.

Jordan Criado was sentenced in 1990 in Sacramento County, Calif., to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to eight felony counts of lewd conduct with a child under the age of 14, court records show.

He was also arrested in Medford in 2005 on a warrant out of Bakersfield, Calif., for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender there, records show.

— Mark Freeman

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