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Brothers charged in Bunk's Deli robbery

Medford police have arrested two brothers suspected in an armed robbery at Bunk's Deli late last year.

Bryon Allen Kezer, 23, and Zachari Dean Kezer, 22, of Medford, were arrested at 4 p.m. Thursday following an anonymous tip. Police believe Bryon Kezer also was responsible for a New Year's Day robbery of Deli Bean and an attempted robbery at Human Bean.

Police arrested Bryon at a residence in the 500 block of Kenwood Avenue Thursday afternoon. He was taken into custody without incident.

While interviewing him, police said in a news release, detectives learned that his brother, Zachari Kezer, allegedly was involved in the Bunk's Deli robbery on Dec. 30.

Police said Bryon Kezer walked in wearing a bandana and brandishing a gun.

He demanded money, then stuffed cash into a purse before fleeing the scene. Medford police Detective Sgt. Mike Budreau said Zachari Kezer was inside the deli before the robbery and provided information about how many people were inside to Bryon Kezer via cellphone.

"He acted in conjunction with his brother to relay information," Budreau said. "That's something we've seen in other robberies. If somebody's going to do an armed robbery, usually they'll want to have information on who's inside."

Police set up a perimeter within a matter of minutes following the robbery but were unable to track the suspect.

An attempted robbery at Human Bean, 1598 Biddle Road, occurred two days later. Police said Bryon Kezer approached the coffee stand, this time unarmed, and reached into the booth to try to grab the cash register.

Police suspect he robbed the Deli Bean on North Pacific Highway later that day using a weapon. He stole less than $1,000 from the three businesses, detectives said.

Zachari Kezer was cited on a second-degree robbery charge and released.

"He was cooperative with the investigation," Budreau said.

Bryon Kezer was arraigned Friday and has a pre-trial appearance scheduled at 4 p.m. Jan. 25, according to court records. He is held in lieu of $500,000 bail at the Jackson County Jail on second-degree robbery and attempted second-degree robbery charges. Police declined to discuss details on why he robbed the businesses, but said it stemmed from some kind of addiction.

"It's a pretty common theme that we've seen," Budreau said.

Budreau added the brothers were not responsible for an early-morning armed robbery at the Purple Parrot on Jan. 2 in Medford. Investigators initially linked that robbery with the others. Now they say that suspect was described as Latino, around 5 feet, 6 inches tall with a medium to thick build, wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt, black mask and dark pants.

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or by email at rpfeil@mailtribune.com.