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Possible stalker terrorizes Applegate family

APPLEGATE — Police are searching for a man who has threatened and could possibly be stalking an Applegate Valley family.

A woman and her teenage daughter were on a walk in an area south of Ruch Tuesday when they suddenly were followed by a dark-colored Toyota Avalon.

The driver pulled up close to them and suggested he was armed with a gun and made other threatening statements.

The man then drove off, but turned around and began driving toward them again. A second car appeared and apparently spooked the suspect, because he drove away.

Two days later, the woman observed the car parked near a school bus stop. Later that day, she caught the man looking into the front window of her home on Upper Applegate Road.

The woman pulled the blinds and locked the doors. As she ran to the rear of the house, she saw the man leave through a field just east of her home.

The woman has reported seeing the man at various other times over the past week.

"We are concerned at this man's aggressive behavior toward these people," Jackson County sheriff's Detective Sgt. Colin Fagan said.

A police sketch artist interviewed the victims and was able to create a drawing of the man.

Sheriff's detectives hope someone recognizes the man's face based on the drawing and can connect him to a dark-colored Toyota Avalon.

"We certainly would like the public's help on this case," Fagan said. "His actions are disturbing on several levels and we are worried this case could take a turn if he is not captured soon."

The man is described as being between 5 feet, 10 inches and 6 feet, 2 inches tall with graying hair. His hair is described as a "bowl cut" that hangs to the top of his ears.

He could be in his mid- to late-40s and weighs between 210 and 230 pounds.

The suspect drives what looked to be an early 2000s Toyota Avalon.

"We want to get this guy identified and off the street," Fagan said. "It's concerning that someone is willing to enter private property and be so assertive."

Anyone with information should call the Jackson County Sheriff's Department's tip line at 774-8333. Sheriff's officials warns anyone who sees the man to refrain from approaching him and immediately call the tip line.

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