Three arrests made in west Medford shooting case
Three of five males tied by police to a Wednesday-night shooting incident in west Medford have been arrested, but police are still on the hunt for the teen they say actually pulled the trigger.
Alonzo Lee McBrown, 31, Latraveon Deshawn "Trey" Wesley, 18, and China Amir Acuna, 17, all of the 900 block of Broad Street in Medford, have been arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit assault, riot and disorderly conduct, according to Medford police.
McBrown and Wesley are in the Jackson County Jail on $13,000 bail each, according to jail records. Acuna is lodged at Jackson County Juvenile Justice.
"Once they saw that they were being sought, all three of them turned themselves in, and they provided a statement to detectives, and they were ultimately lodged," Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said.
The incident is believed to be gang-related, Budreau added, but declined on specifics of which gang they are affiliated with.
The suspected shooter, 17-year-old Tyler Jesse Sandoval, and Santiago Flores-Loveland, 18, remain at large. Both are Hispanic males. Sandoval is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall, 170 pounds, and he has a large tattoo on his neck bearing the numbers 817. That is an area code in Texas that is used as an identifier by a Hispanic prison gang based there, authorities in Texas report.
Flores-Loveland is 5 feet 6 inches and weighs about 160 pounds. He has a warrant out for his arrest for allegedly walking away from the Oregon Youth Authority, where he had been lodged after being convicted of assault in a 2013 drive-by shooting near the corner of Benson Street and Dakota Avenue. Budreau said it's likely he'll face similar charges as the three already arrested.
The shooting was reported at 7:11 p.m. Wednesday at an apartment complex in the 1000 block of Narregan Street. An investigation revealed the five males had been driving around the complex in a white Honda Accord. Investigators claim that the group had driven to the apartments intending to find and assault perceived rival gang members.
The vehicle stopped, and four of them including Sandoval climbed out and got into an argument with several people in the parking lot. One of the teens swung a bucket at a woman in the group, which caused her to scream. This drew a crowd of several people to the scene.
Investigators allege Sandoval pulled out a handgun and fired three shots at one of the apartment stairwells, mere feet from a group of people that included a 6-year-old. No one was struck, and the five males took off in the Honda toward West Jackson Street.
Investigators are asking people to keep an eye out for the vehicle. Its Oregon license plate is XPF 620. On Thursday, the agency received several reports that the vehicle had been spotted abandoned on a dirt road in east Medford, but a search came up dry.
"We'd like folks to maybe keep an extra eye out," Budreau said of the car.
Anyone with information about Sandoval's or Flores-Loveland's whereabouts is asked to contact 911. Both are considered armed and dangerous.