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  • Medical marijuana grower robbed

    'Brawl' erupts after suspects demand cash at Rogue River home
  • ROGUE RIVER — Jackson County sheriff's deputies have arrested three Grants Pass residents suspected of holding a medical marijuana grower at gunpoint and making off with $700 early Saturday morning.
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  • ROGUE RIVER — Jackson County sheriff's deputies have arrested three Grants Pass residents suspected of holding a medical marijuana grower at gunpoint and making off with $700 early Saturday morning.
    William Sandlin, 22 and Joseph Callas, 28, were arraigned Monday on charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, and third-degree assault. Brooke Villa-Staton, 19, was arraigned on first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary charges.
    All remain lodged in the Jackson County Jail. Sandlin and Callas have bail amounts set at $100,000, while Villa-Staton's bail has been set at $50,000.
    Jackson County sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a home invasion at 3:26 a.m. Saturday in the 3500 block of Evans Creek Road in Rogue River. Authorities said 52-year-old Richard Patterson, a medical marijuana grower who lives there, told them that two men wearing dark blue bandanas over their faces broke in while he slept in the living room. One had a .38-caliber revolver, a Sheriff's Department release said.
    Both robbers allegedly began to demand that Patterson give them money, and he turned over $700. Patterson said the suspects told him to lie on the ground, facedown. Fearing that the two intended to kill him, Patterson said he fought back. "I knew I had to come up with something because I wasn't going to go for that," he said. "It just turned into a large brawl."
    During the fight, one intruder fired a single shot, but no one was hit, authorities said. Patterson said he sustained bruising to the face and a shoulder injury.
    Police said the suspected robbers eventually gave up the fight and fled.
    About half an hour after receiving a 911 call about the home invasion, deputies in the 15000 block of Meadow Lane in Sams Valley pulled over a vehicle with a woman driver and two male passengers who matched the robbers' description.
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