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Medford pursuit leads to capture of familiar face

A man well-known to local police was found hiding under a baby crib Wednesday after a lengthy pursuit through west Medford.

Medford police Lt. Tim Doney said an officer spotted Jorge Armando Cisneros, 31, driving his girlfriend's 1999 Ford Mustang near the Albertsons store in west Medford.

A warrant had previously been issued for Cisneros' arrest, and he was wanted for questioning in another case by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Cisneros made news in April 2002 when Jackson County Sheriff's Lt. Jim Anderson fired at Cisneros after he threw a takeout box of Chinese food into Anderson's unmarked police car at the intersection of Columbus and Stewart avenues.

No one was injured, although the bullet lodged in the side of a nearby house.

On Wednesday, Doney said Cisneros punched the gas when he saw the officer turn to pull him over and sped toward Prune Street.

"By the time the officer made his U-turn, Cisneros was pretty much gone," Doney said.

A Jackson County sheriff's deputy was in the area and heard the incident on his radio.

He soon saw Cisneros speed past him in the Mustang and a pursuit began through several west Medford neighborhoods.

Sheriff's Lt. Rich Fogarty said he did not know what speeds the cars reached as Cisneros tried to evade the deputy.

At one point the deputy inched close enough to the Mustang to try to nudge the car off the road, but Cisneros hit his brakes, nearly causing a crash, Fogarty said.

Cisneros rammed the sheriff's patrol car at least twice during the pursuit, Fogarty said.

On Arlington Drive, Cisneros struck a curb and blew out two tires, but he continued to flee, Fogarty said.

"Eventually, he ditched the car and took off on foot toward a home on Arlington," Fogarty said.

He tried to enter a few homes though their back doors with no luck, but he soon found a home where he knew someone and charged inside, Fogarty said.

"We suspect the person was an acquaintance," Fogarty said. "The homeowner was cooperative with us and allowed us to enter the home."

The deputies found Cisneros hiding under a baby crib and took him into custody on several charges including eluding police, reckless driving, hit-and-run, possession of methamphetamine, a probation violation, failure to appear in court and second-degree trespass.

He was lodged in the Jackson County Jail without bail.

In the 2002 incident, Cisneros initially threatened to sue the county, but he eventually pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal mischief. Later that year he was given a three-month jail sentence for possession of cocaine.

Anderson has since retired. Cisneros has a long criminal history including convictions for attempting to elude police.

"You could say we know Cisneros quite well," Fogarty said.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 776-4471; or e-mail cconrad@mailtribune.com.

Medford pursuit leads to capture of familiar face