UPDATED: Tip helps police take homicide suspect into custody

Medford Police Chief Tim George announced during a press conference Wedneday afternoon that they arrested Jose Valencia-Gaona without incident earlier that day.Bob Pennell

1:55 p.m. An anonymous tip led to the capture of a homicide suspect who was spotted along the railroad tracks running through central Medford.

“We received word that this individual was seen in the area Clark Street near the railroad tracks,” Medford Police Chief Tim George said. “We were able to get out there in a short time and arrested the suspect without incident.”

And so ended the hunt for Jose Valencia-Gaona, 45, who will be lodged in the Jackson County Jail on a murder charge. The charge carries a $1 million bail.

George hinted that Valencia-Gaona could face additional charges for his actions at the murder scene.

“There could be charges such as menacing as he did threaten some witnesses with a knife that night,” George said.

After breathing a sigh of relief, investigators will now begin to piece together the events leading up to the murder of a Maria Guadelupe Rodriguez, 38, who was brutally stabbed outside her apartment Sunday night.

— Chris Conrad

12:31 p.m. Medford police announced that they have the suspect in the stabbing death of Maria Guadelupe Rodriguez in custody.

Officials will release additional details at a news conference at 12:45 p.m. at City Hall.

Police allege Jose Valencia-Gaona, 45, of Medford, jumped from a hiding spot in the bushes outside Rodriguez's apartment at 1990 Table Rock Road at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday and stabbed her several times. He swiped with a knife at witnesses who tried to intervene and ran away before police arrived.

She died at the scene and he was on the run until this morning.


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