11:08 a.m. A Medford man is lodged in Jackson County Jail on more than $4 million bail after a reported home invasion early this morning, Medford police said in a news release.
Brenton Allen Morrow, 25, of the 600 block of Catherine Street, is lodged on a charge of first-degree burglary and two counts each of first-degree robbery and second-degree assault.
Investigators said Morrow knocked on the front door of a home in the 4700 block of Hillcrest Road just after 4 a.m. A 72-year-old woman cracked opened the door to see who it was, and a man wearing a ski mask forced his way inside, police said. He subdued her with a stun gun, then began punching and elbowing the the 77-year-old man who lived at the house.
The woman called 911, but the suspect swatted the phone out of her hand. He then pulled out a knife and held both of them at knife point as he demanded money. After a short time, he ran away with an undisclosed amount of cash, the news release said.
Police said the man sustained a severely right damaged ear, which needed to be surgically repaired. He is also suffering from bleeding on the brain and is still receiving treatment at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. The woman is also being treated there for cuts and bruises, police said in a news release.
Investigators determined that Morrow was familiar with the victims and targeted them because he believed they had money.
7:15 a.m. A man allegedly used a stun gun and knife in a home invasion robbery this morning in Medford, injuring two senior citizens before fleeing, police reported.
Medford police have not yet released the suspect's name. Officers responded to the robbery at 4:05 a.m. following a 911 call where dispatchers could hear what sounded like an ongoing armed robbery in the home of a man and woman. A lone suspect appeared to be in the home in the 4700 block of Hillcrest Road. He left after several minutes.
A responding police sergeant saw a car, driven by the suspect, heading westbound on Hillcrest as he approached the house. Police tried to pull the vehicle over near the intersection of Hillcrest and Mariposa Terrace, but the driver fled at a high rate of speed, heading east on Hillcrest. The suspect crashed near the intersection of Hillcrest and Sunrise Avenue. The man jumped from the car and tried to continue running from police on foot, but officers caught up and arrested him.
Additional police flocked to the Hillcrest home. A man in his 70s and woman in her 60s had both been injured during the robbery. The seriousness of their injuries is not yet known. They were both transported to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. Police recovered a knife and stun gun at the robbery scene, both which authorities believe were used in the robbery. It's not known if the suspect made off with any property.
The case remains under investigation. Check back for updates on this story.
— Ryan Pfeil