California pair face felonies in Medford kidnapping
Two people face Measure 11 charges accusing them of robbing, beating and kidnapping a Medford man last weekend, supposedly because the victim's girlfriend owed a drug debt.
Marcus Allen McCreary, 30, and Aumodie Maurine Gauthier, 19, both of Stockton, California, made initial court appearances Monday on kidnapping, robbery and assault charges after they allegedly stormed a Medford man's home last week, pistol-whipped him, and forced him at gunpoint to drive around looking for the woman.
McCreary and Gauthier then allegedly stole the man's crossover SUV and large quantities of marijuana, among other valuables, according to documents filed by the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement task force.
At about noon Friday, McCreary allegedly brandished a Glock .22 handgun at the victim in his driveway in the 2400 block of West McAndrews Road. McCreary allegedly pistol-whipped the victim and punched him in the face before moving inside and pushing the victim into a chair.
Once inside the home, the suspects allegedly forced the victim to divulge two Medford locations where the woman might be, then forced him at gunpoint to accompany them to the locations.
When McCreary and Gauthier couldn't locate the woman, the victim told police, they drove him back to his home and robbed him. McCreary and Gauthier loaded up the man's Dodge Journey SUV with more than 2 pounds of marijuana, an iPad and a hoverboard before taking the SUV, according to police.
By 1:30 p.m., police tracked the stolen SUV, McCreary and Gauthier to the parking lot of Traveler's Inn, 954 Alba Drive. There police found Gauthier in possession of 10 grams of heroin, which MADGE detectives described in court documents as a "dealer amount."
Police said Gauthier told them the victim's girlfriend owed her $3,700, while McCreary denied any involvement. McCreary was detained after police found him in possession of a small amount of cocaine rapped in a dollar bill, court documents say.
Later in the day, a search warrant executed on the vehicle turned up the stolen marijuana, the victim's hoverboard and iPad, as well as a 40-caliber handgun believed to have been involved in the crime. The gun's serial number was flagged as stolen, police said.
Circuit Court Judge Tim Barnack set McCreary and Gauthier's bail at $1 million. They were arraigned on felony counts of first-degree robbery, first-degree kidnapping, second-degree assault, first-degree burglary and first-degree theft.
Under Oregon law, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree robbery each carry a 90-month mandatory minimum sentence, while second-degree assault carries a mandatory 70-month penalty.
McCreary faces an additional felony count of unlawful use of a weapon and a misdemeanor count of possessing cocaine, while Gauthier faces felony counts of delivering and possessing heroin.
McCreary is a convicted felon not allowed to possess firearms, police said. Court records show no prior criminal history in Oregon for McCreary or Gauthier.
— Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.