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  • Medford man battles intruder

    Police arrest man who invaded Medford man's home
  • Fifty-one-year-old Robert Thomas was watching television just after 11 p.m. Wednesday at his home in the 500 block of South Grape Street when he looked up to see a shadow in his kitchen.
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  • Fifty-one-year-old Robert Thomas was watching television just after 11 p.m. Wednesday at his home in the 500 block of South Grape Street when he looked up to see a shadow in his kitchen.
    When Thomas got up to investigate, he found an interloper, whom police later identified as Michael Brandon Mak, 20, of the 600 block of Crystal Drive, Eagle Point.
    Startled, Thomas grabbed the first thing he could reach — a bicycle parked on the floor nearby — and threw it at Mak. Mak tried to flee, but Thomas grabbed his wrist, police reported.
    "I tried to throw him down twice. I couldn't," Thomas said.
    The two struggled, trading blows. A window broke. Broken glass rained down on the floor, and Thomas cut his bare feet on some of the pieces. Thomas' 11-year-old son, Jacoby, awoke during the fight but was not hurt.
    Police said Mak escaped from the home.
    Responding officers tracked down a suspect matching Mak's description walking through an alley near the intersection of 13th and Fir streets, about a block away.
    Mak ran from police and hid in some nearby bushes, where officers found and arrested him, police said. Mak was uncooperative when police interviewed him, said Lt. Mike Budreau.
    "He spit in the officer's face. Twice," Budreau said. "So that was the end of that interview."
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