Woman allegedly tied to home invasion

She's held on more than $3 million bail

Medford police have arrested a woman suspected of being part of a group of intruders who stormed into a Plum Street home late last month, then threatened and assaulted a man, leaving him with a knife wound on his neck

Amanda Marie Rauls, 27, who has no listed address but stays in Medford, was arrested Friday on charges of first- and second-degree assault, first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery, resisting arrest and harassment, police said in a news release. She was held in the Jackson County Jail Monday on more than $3 million bail.

The charges stem from a March 28 case in which five or six suspects — men and women — broke into a home in the 400 block of Plum Street, Medford police reported. Two men, both 24, and a 23-year-old woman lived there.

Police allege the suspects entered the home through an unlocked back door. Some kept their faces covered during the attack, police said. Two women punched one of the men in the head several times and held a knife to his throat while they made demands. The man received a cut on his neck, and was treated by paramedics who arrived on scene later with police, a news release said.

"It wasn't too severe," said Lt. Mike Budreau. "She was holding the knife actually to his throat, and she was striking him on the head with her other free hand. That's when we believe he sustained the cut."

The intruders fled, stealing a cellphone from one of the victims, police reported. Investigators believe the dispute was over marijuana that was allegedly stolen.

"The victims in this case we do not believe are involved in the (theft)," Budreau said.

After interviewing the victims, police identified Rauls as a suspect.

On Friday, police encountered Rauls while investigating an unrelated case at a home in the 1200 block of South Stage Road. Rauls was in the home.

Knowing of her alleged involvement in the robbery, police tried to make an arrest. They said Rauls resisted, so officers used a stun gun to subdue her before taking her to jail.

"She was actively resisting," Budreau said, adding it took two officers to subdue her.

Police have identified other suspects in the case, but declined to release their names while the investigation is ongoing.

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or by email at rpfeil@mailtribune.com.

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