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  • Robbery suspects had 'no obvious escape plan'

    Teen reportedly wore Bill Clinton mask; cops call alleged crime 'disorganized'
  • A Medford teenager accused of attempting to rob the Stewart Market Saturday used a fake gun and a Bill Clinton mask and bolted before the clerk opened the register, police said Monday.
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  • A Medford teenager accused of attempting to rob the Stewart Market Saturday used a fake gun and a Bill Clinton mask and bolted before the clerk opened the register, police said Monday.
    Medford police arrested Andrew William Baugh, 19, and his roommate and alleged lookout, 18-year-old David Alan Ayala. Both were arraigned Monday on charges of second-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and second- and third-degree theft, court records show. Both are held in the Jackson County Jail on $1.01 million bail.
    "Their youth probably contributed to them getting caught so quickly," said. Lt. Mike Budreau of Medford police. "It was a rather disorganized attempt with no obvious escape plan that ultimately led to their demise."
    The attempted robbery was reported at 8:09 p.m. Saturday at the Stewart Market, in the 1100 block of Lozier Lane, Medford. The clerk told police a man wearing a Bill Clinton mask and pointing a fake pistol demanded money but fled before the clerk could get the register open. Witnesses saw the man run north on Lozier Lane.
    "We're not exactly sure why he fled," Budreau said. "Perhaps due to the fact that there were other customers in the store at the time."
    Police found Ayala walking northbound on Lozier Lane with another person, who police believe may also have been involved but have declined to release a name.
    "We still have some legwork to do on that," Budreau said, adding the third suspect could face similar charges as Ayala and Baugh if arrested.
    Investigators believe Ayala was in the store at the time of the robbery and may have been acting as a lookout, as he also ran out the door.
    "They essentially fled together," Budreau said.
    Police arrested Ayala and continued their investigation. They found the Bill Clinton mask, the replica handgun and clothing matching the description of the robbers hidden under the foundation of the Lozier Lane Baptist Church. Police went to Baugh's home in the 400 block of Fairmount Street and arrested him at 1:12 a.m. Sunday.
    Police said it's uncertain whether the two are linked to robberies reported at a Radio Shack in Medford and an Umpqua Bank in Phoenix last week.
    "I can't tell you conclusively one way or the other on that," Budreau said. "It's something we are considering, but they haven't been confirmed or ruled out in that case."
    Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or by email at rpfeil@mailtribune.com.
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