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Medford man allegedly beats woman, then rapes and locks her in the garage

A Medford man is in jail after he allegedly beat a woman who had a no-contact order against him with a hair dryer, raped her, strangled her until she passed out and locked her in his garage Friday, Medford police reported.

James Calvin Patterson Jr., 38, of the 1200 block of Sunset Avenue, is held in the Jackson County Jail on charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, first-degree kidnapping, fourth-degree assault and contempt of court. His bail is set at more than $3 million, according to jail records.

"This was a very violent act," said Lt. Mike Budreau of Medford police. "We respond to domestic violence, unfortunately, very routinely. But we seldom see it escalate to this type of level."

Patterson and the 30-year-old woman had been in an on-again, off-again relationship for months, police said. The woman had a no-contact order against Patterson because of a previous assault conviction, but the two had recently gotten back together.

In the late afternoon hours of Jan. 10, Patterson allegedly became angry at the woman while they were at his Sunset Avenue home. He is suspected of striking her with a hair dryer, raping and sodomizing her. He allegedly strangled her during the rape until she passed out, then put her in the garage, padlocking the door from the outside.

Investigators said the woman awakened and used tools in the garage to break out some wood planks covering a broken window. She crawled out and ran to a neighbor's house, where she called 911. Police responded and arrested Patterson at his home at about 5 p.m. He was then taken to jail. The woman was treated at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.

Court records show Patterson has a lengthy criminal history stretching back to 1994. Convictions include third-degree assault, second-degree burglary, possession of a controlled substance, and felon in possession of a firearm. Records show additional cases involving charges of harassment, strangulation, fourth-degree assault and violating the woman's no-contact order were still open.

"The reasons victims choose to stay with an abuser are complicated," Budreau said, adding anyone who suspects or witnesses domestic violence should contact the police. "Victims often find themselves very alone, and after the dust settles, go back to the abuser, only to be abused again."

— Ryan Pfeil