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  • Medford transient arrested after tense motel exchange

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  • A brief police standoff Tuesday ended with the arrest of a Medford transient suspected of robbing a disabled man of his video-poker winnings and spending some of the cash on methamphetamine.
    After his room at the Motel 6 on Biddle Road was covered by police, Jesse Allen Lane, 26, was arrested without incident and lodged in the Jackson County Jail on charges of first-degree theft, first-degree burglary and second-degree robbery. Records show bail has been set at $1,065,000.
    Reports from motel guests that Lane was carrying a gun turned out to be half-truths, as the gun was a toy, which he did not threaten to use, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said.
    "It really did (go well), the suspect was not aware of our presence, and that was a good thing," Budreau said. "We were able to stay out of sight and evacuate the nearby motel rooms by phone. Once that occurred, we placed a phone call to the suspect and he cooperated."
    Budreau said Lane was so high on meth when he was arrested that he was first taken to Providence Medford Medical Center for treatment before being transported to jail.
    "He was tweaking that bad ... just rapid speech, darting eyes, jerky, just could not sit still ... everything exaggerated," Budreau said. "He was heavily under the influence of methamphetamine. I think we know where the money went."
    According to Budreau, Lane allegedly followed a wheelchair-bound 63-year-old man on Sunday to his hotel room at the Cascade Inn, 816 N. Riverside Ave., barged into his room threatening to have a knife and stole a large sum of cash — more than $750 — the victim had just won playing video lottery games.
    Before wheeling back to his hotel room, the victim had been playing video poker at Lumpy's in the Medford Center, where his poker winnings were announced to other patrons, one of whom was Lane, Budreau said.
    "He knew he was being followed, and he was probably aware that the suspect was at the establishment where he won," Budreau said. "He knew the suspect knew he had money, but he did not think that he was going to be robbed."
    The alleged robbery took place after the victim gave $10 to Lane, who asked the man in a wheelchair for "any money to spare," while following him from Lumpy's, Budreau said, adding "$10 is actually very generous of the man to give."
    Budreau said police did recover some evidence from the hotel room where Lane was staying, but he would not provide any detail as to what it was and whether any of the victim's stolen cash was returned.
    Budreau said police with high-powered rifles with scopes, though not classified as sniper rifles, and other officers surrounded Room 248 on the second floor on Motel 6 for almost an hour as guests huddled in the cold in a parking lot in front of the motel — most sipping on coffee and hot cocoa as police operations unfolded.
    The call for police to converge on the motel came in just after 9:30 a.m. and Lane was in custody by about 11:25 a.m.
    Pete Hahnloser, 34, said he and his family were located in room 254, a few doors down from room 248.
    "We could see the snipers around the U-shaped building," he said, referring to a courtyard area in the middle of the motel.
    Hahnloser, who was with his wife and two children, said the suspect was with another man who was waiting in the lobby of the motel.
    As police left the scene, Hahnloser and other guests returned to their rooms
    Budreau said about a dozen police carried out the arrest warrant at Lane's motel room.
    He said police were able to easily identify Lane through surveillance footage, because he has been arrested frequently.
    According to online Jackson County court records, since 2006, Lane has been cited for: first-degree criminal mischief, second-degree theft, two counts of menacing, second-degree disorderly conduct, interfering with police, two counts of providing false information to police, strangulation, first-degree rape, first-degree sex abuse, two counts of first-degree sodomy, furnishing alcohol to a minor, identity theft, providing false insurance information, four counts of attempt to commit a Class-A felony and possession of methamphetamine.
    "We know who he is," Budreau said.
    Reach reporter Sam Wheeler at 541-776-4471 or swheeler@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTwriter_swhlr.
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