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Police arrest two more in Craigslist carjacking

Medford police have arrested two Medford men who allegedly created a diversion while a third suspect stole a Mercedes-Benz at gunpoint last weekend. 

Steven Marcus King and James Robert Taylor face robbery and vehicle theft charges for allegedly distracting the owner of a car listed for sale on Craigslist while another man used a gun to steal it from the owner's father.

The owner of the 2006 Mercedes was following in a second vehicle while his father rode in the Mercedes with Jorge Marco Antonio Serna for what they believed to be a test drive and mechanical inspection.

About 8 p.m. Saturday, Serna pulled a gun on the car owner's father in the area of Edgewater and Golf View drives, demanding he sign over the Mercedes' title and leave his phone. The robbery occurred as Taylor and King lured the Mercedes owner away by asking him for a jump start to a gold Saturn.

Police arrested Serna, 21, about 20 minutes after the robbery Saturday night.

King, 27, and Taylor, 20, entered not guilty pleas Thursday to felony charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree theft and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Taylor also faces a felony identity theft charge for forging a signature on the vehicle title.

The younger victim identified Taylor in a police lineup Tuesday, and identified King from Serna's Facebook profile, police said. Police pulled over King late Wednesday morning in a gold Saturn believed to be have been used in the carjacking, and police impounded the vehicle for evidence.

Taylor and King knew about the robbery beforehand and met up with Serna minutes after the carjacking, court documents said. The three suspects dumped the elder victim's cellphone and holster in a field, which Taylor helped police recover.

King remained lodged Friday in the Jackson County Jail on $100,000 bail, and Taylor was lodged without bail for violating his probation on a previous felony sexual abuse conviction.

Taylor, of the 1200 block of Quail Hollow Drive, had been sentenced to probation in August after pleading guilty to second-degree sexual abuse, admitting he had sexual intercourse with an intoxicated teen in October 2014 after she tried to stop him.

King, of the 100 block of Elm Street, has prior felony convictions for identity theft in 2014 and methamphetamine possession in 2015.

— Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

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