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Home invasion nets six years

An Eagle Point man was sentenced to more than six years in prison after he admitted to a violent home invasion robbery in which he and an unidentified accomplice tied up two roommates and stole electronic equipment, money and a pickup.

Pete Alvarado, 29, of Eagle Point, pleaded guilty Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court to two counts of second-degree robbery, officials said. Alvarado and an unidentified accomplice entered a home on East Archwood Drive in Eagle Point on Aug. 2, tying up two men while they stole items from the victims' house and fled in a 2003 Ford pickup that belonged to one of the men who lived at the targeted home. Oregon State Police later found the truck in Eagle Point.

Alvarado and his accomplice stole the victims' wallets, a television, a computer, video games and other property. One of the two victims, a 31-year-old man, was forcibly removed from his wheelchair and held face down on the floor while his hands and feet were tied. Alvarado was wearing a mask during the robbery but one of the victims recognized his voice, prosecutors said in a news release today.

Medford police arrested Alvarado on Aug. 6, at the Motel 6 at 2400 Biddle Road, Medford. Some of the electronic equipment taken during the robbery was found in the motel room, investigators said.

Jackson County Circuit Judge Lorenzo Mejia sentenced Alvarado to three years and one month in prison on each count. The sentences will be served consecutively, for a total of six years and two months, and he will be on post-prison supervision for three years after his release. He was also ordered to pay restitution, but prosecutors have 90 days to determine the amount, court records show.

At the sentencing, one of the victims stated that when he heard the robbers entering his home and confronting his roommate, he was "scared to death," the news release said.

The Eagle Point Police Department continues to investigate the case to identify the second robbery suspect.