Rogue River police seek suspect in assault case

Man allegedly vowed to harm any police officer who tried to arrest him

ROGUE RIVER — Authorities here are looking for a man who allegedly assaulted his girlfriend and then threatened to kill police officers over the weekend.

Police on Friday responded to a domestic violence incident in the 100 block of Third Street when they learned from a family member of Elijah John Caldwell that he was "acting violently," Rogue River police Chief Ken Lewis said.

According to a witness, Caldwell allegedly had pulled his girlfriend out of a bedroom by her hair and head-butted her.

Officers arrived and found that Caldwell had fled the area on foot.

The girlfriend was questioned but was not cooperative, Lewis said. She denied being assaulted by Caldwell.

She was taken back to her home in Medford while police searched the area for Caldwell.

They received a clue to his whereabouts when Caldwell placed a cellphone call to a family member at the home where the alleged assault occurred.

Lewis was on the scene and spoke briefly to Caldwell. The conversation did not go well, Lewis said.

"He made it pretty clear that he was going to kill any police officer who tried to arrest him," Lewis said. "He said no cop would arrest him."

A statewide officer safety alert was broadcast, Lewis said.

Caldwell's cellphone later was traced to somewhere in the Williams Highway area of Josephine County.

Police are still searching for him, Lewis said.

Caldwell is wanted by Kansas law enforcement on a warrant for vehicle theft and jumping his bail.

He is considered to be armed and dangerous, Lewis said.

"If you see him, don't approach him," Lewis said. "Call the police."

Anyone with information on Caldwell's whereabouts is asked to call Rogue River police at 541-582-4931, or just call 911.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471 or email cconrad@mailtribune.com.


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