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  • Jorge Cisneros faces possible prison time in weapon case

    He made headlines in 2002 in Chinese takeout food incident
  • A man who made headlines in 2002 after he was shot at by a sheriff's deputy after throwing a box of Chinese takeout food at an unmarked patrol car is facing possible prison time after police arrested him for being a felon in possession of a weapon.
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  • A man who made headlines in 2002 after he was shot at by a sheriff's deputy after throwing a box of Chinese takeout food at an unmarked patrol car is facing possible prison time after police arrested him for being a felon in possession of a weapon.
    Jorge Armando Cisneros, 34, is scheduled for trial at the U.S. District Court in Medford on Dec. 4.
    Medford police arrested Cisneros and Justin Scott Miller, 29, for reportedly sharing possession of a .40 Glock handgun.
    Both men are felons with long criminal histories. Cisneros remains one of Medford's most well-known troublemakers.
    Cisneros made news in April 2002 when Jackson County Sheriff's Lt. Jim Anderson, who was a supervisor in the county's drug task force, fired at Cisneros after he threw a takeout box of Chinese food into Anderson's unmarked police car at the intersection of Columbus and Stewart avenues.
    No one was injured, although the bullet lodged in the side of a nearby house.
    Anderson later was cleared of wrongdoing for firing his police handgun at Cisneros.
    Cisneros later publicly complained that the incident made him a marked man in the area, prompting police to harass him wherever he went.
    Medford police said Cisneros deserved the numerous traffic tickets thrown his way over the course of a few months, saying he was a menace behind the wheel.
    Since then, Cisneros has landed in the Jackson County Jail on felony charges, including drug possession and eluding police in a vehicle.
    In 2009, a Medford police lieutenant spotted Cisneros driving near Albertsons in west Medford. The lieutenant knew Cisneros had a warrant for his arrest.
    As the officer approached Cisneros, Cisneros punched the gas and sped away. A chase ensued throughout west Medford. Cisneros rammed a sheriff's patrol car during the escape attempt.
    The chase ended when Cisneros' car hit a curb and its tires blew out.
    But Cisneros wasn't through running. He fled the car and ducked into a nearby home, where he was found hiding under a baby crib.
    Cisneros' other convictions in recent years include conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and first-degree burglary.
    Miller pleaded guilty to the weapon charge on Tuesday and could spend at least the next 15 years in federal prison, court records show. The steep sentence could be imposed under armed career criminal statutes within federal sentencing guidelines.
    Cisneros is awaiting trial in the case and has requested a continuance until Dec. 4, court records show.
    Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471 or email cconrad@mailtribune.com.
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