A suspected gang member who has eluded police for the past five months now faces an attempted murder charge stemming from a suspected gang-related shooting March 27 outside a Medford apartment complex.
Jose Manuel Macias already has given police the slip at least once since he allegedly fired at least one shot outside a Crater Lake Avenue apartment during what police described as a beef between rival Sureños and Norteños gang members.
A Jackson County grand jury on Wednesday indicted the 21-year-old Macias on charges of attempted murder, first-degree attempted assault, felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon, menacing and reckless endangering.
No one was injured in the 4:30 p.m. incident, in which police responded to a report of shots fired but found no victim or suspect. A shell casing found at the scene indicated that at least one shot was fired, police said.
Police later determined that the alleged victim was a man named Toby Martinez, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said.
Several of the involved parties were uncooperative with the investigators, police said.
"We've run into quite a few road blocks in this case," Budreau said.
After Wednesday's secret indictment, "we were hoping we could get him rounded up but we weren't successful," Budreau said.
Investigators Monday evening changed tactics and went public with the indictment, hoping to receive tips on his whereabouts, Budreau said. It was unknown whether he remained in the area.
"We have full extradition on these warrants because of the seriousness of the case," Budreau said.
Macias is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 140 pounds and having multiple tattoos visible on his neck. He should be considered armed and dangerous, police said.
Police on Monday also located and arrested Brandon Glen Bigham, 21. Budreau said Bigham was "definitely involved" in the shooting but Macias was the alleged shooter.
Bigham was taken into custody and held on an unrelated warrant, Budreau said. He has not been charged in this case, Budreau said.
Shortly after the shooting, Medford police quickly identified Marcias and Bigham as persons of interest and began looking for them. At that time, Macias had a warrant for his arrest for violating the conditions of his parole on a previous robbery charge and Bigham had a warrant for violating the conditions of his probation from a previous drug conviction.
A Jackson County sheriff's deputy spotted Macias in early July riding a nonstreet-legal motorcyle on Avenue C in White City, but he gave officers the slip after a short pursuit that ended in a trailer park.
Medford police asks those with information on Macias' whereabouts to call their local police department.
Medford police can be reached at 541-770-4784.
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