Police identify burglary suspect who died
Oregon State Police have released the name of the man who died during a suspected burglary attempt outside Grants Pass on Tuesday.
Jasen Robert Lewis, 33, of Grants Pass, stopped breathing after scuffling with two men who detained him inside Innovative Woodworx LLC, at 2245 Harbeck Road, south of Grants Pass., police said in a news release today.
An employee of the cabinet shop and his father, who was dropping him off at work, saw signs of forced entry at the business and went inside to check. They found a man, later identified as Lewis, and scuffled with him before detaining him and calling 911 at about 7:10 a.m. to report the burglary, police said.
Within minutes, they called 911 again and said the intruder had stopped breathing, so they were going to start CPR. OSP and emergency medical crews arrived and Lewis was pronounced dead about 10 minutes later.
Lewis was wanted on outstanding arrest warrants, including a felony warrant for failure to appear on a methamphetamine-possession charge issued by Josephine County Circuit Court Jan. 13, police said. An autopsy is pending to confirm the cause and manner of his death.
Police said they aren't releasing the names of the two men who found Lewis inside the business yet.
OSP detectives are continuing the investigation. Anyone with information related to the investigation is asked to contact Detective Annie Harris at 541-618-7967 or DHarris@osp.state.or.us.