Police have arrested two admitted heroin addicts who stormed a Medford house at gunpoint early Tuesday to rob a woman. They also arrested a teenage girl accused of helping set up the home-invasion robbery, police said.
Taken into custody on single counts of first-degree burglary and second-degree robbery as well as two counts of first-degree theft were Duanne Allyn Weakly and Russell Allen Reedy, both 24-year-old transients, the Medford police reported.
Also arrested was a 16-year-old transient girl who was lodged at Juvenile Detention Hall on identical charges, police said.
The case began shortly before 5 a.m. Tuesday at a residence on the 600 block of Berrydale Avenue, where a 20-year-old male resident left the house to give the 16-year-old girl a ride, police said. The pair left a 23-year-old woman behind at the house, police said.
Shortly after they left, the woman heard a knock at the door and was confronted by two men, one of whom had his face covered and appeared to be carrying a sawed-off shotgun, police said. The victim recognized the other suspect, but did not know his name, police said.
They ordered the woman to the ground, took her cell phone, then fled with a laptop computer, a Samsung tablet and a safe contained a .22-caliber pistol and cash, police said. The total loss was about $2,000.
In the ensuing days, Medford detectives were able to identify and arrested the three suspects, with Reedy and Weakly admitting their involvement and saying it was spurred by their heroin addictions, police said. Detectives also learned that the robbers used the teenage girl to lure the man out of the house and give the robbers details on who was in the house before they entered, police said.
Only the Samsung tablet was recovered, police said.
Reedy was also wanted on drug, identity theft and forgery warrants and was lodged at the Jackson County Jail on $1.1 million bail. Weakly was also wanted on a parole violation for a previous burglary conviction and was lodged in jail without bail.
— Mark Freeman