Teen suspect in May drive-by shooting arrested

The 15-year-old boy suspected of firing three shots from a truck in a potentially gang-related dispute in May has been arrested, police said.

Santiago Loveland-Flores, of Medford, is held at the Jackson County Juvenile Detention Center on charges of attempted first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, reckless endangerment and a probation violation stemming from a past assault charge.

The teen's older sister and her husband also face charges for helping him hide from the law.

"He was really on the run for a long time," Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said. "He certainly knew he was being sought."

Police had told family members that Loveland-Flores was wanted and warned that anyone helping him hide could be arrested.

Loveland-Flores's sister and brother-in-law, Shari Loveland-Castro, 24, and Juan Carlos Castro, 29, each were arrested on a charge of hindering prosecution after police spotted Loveland-Flores leaving their home in the 2400 block of East Barnett Road Wednesday afternoon.

They were booked in the Jackson County Jail, but are no longer lodged there, jail records show. (Correction: A word inadvertently omitted has been added to this sentence.)

Loveland-Flores is believed to have fired three shots from a truck during a May 7 altercation at the corner of Benson Street and Dakota Avenue in Medford. The truck then sped away. No one was hit by the shots, but investigators did recover bullet casings at the scene. They later found the truck, charged the 16-year-old driver with attempted first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, reckless endangerment, and interviewed another teen involved in the incident.

Police identified Loveland-Flores as the shooter, but couldn't find him. After more two months of unsuccessful searching, they got a tip that the teen was back in town.

They began surveillance of homes where Loveland-Flores's family lived. At 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, officers saw him come out of the Barnett Road home and get on a bike, police said. As he rode away, officers stopped and arrested him. He was taken into custody without incident, police said.

Officers then contacted the other family members in the home, who were arrested on hindering prosecution charges.

— Ryan Pfeil

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