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New charges filed against alleged dog killer

A man being held in the Jackson County Jail after allegedly stabbing a dog to death had a violent struggle with police and nursing staff the week before when they tried to place him on a psychiatric hold at a Medford hospital, according to newly filed court documents.

On Feb. 1, Jordan Alexander Vogel, 24, was arrested for allegedly blocking his adoptive mother from leaving her Medford home, then stabbing her dog to death with a knife, according to a probable cause affidavit by Medford police.

His mother tried to take the knife away and was cut on the finger, the affidavit said.

Vogel faces charges of first-degree animal abuse, unlawful use of a weapon, coercion and fourth-degree assault in that case, according to an indictment.

The Jackson County District Attorney's Office filed additional charges against Vogel this week that stemmed from a prior incident at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, court records show.

Vogel is being held in jail on $100,000 bail for the charges related to his mother, plus another $100,000 for the hospital incident, according to jail records.

On Jan. 22, Vogel called 911 to report he had taken numerous pills with alcohol in an attempt to kill himself, according to a probable cause affidavit.

A police officer and Mercy Flights ambulance crew contacted Vogel, and he was transported to RRMC, which has a psychiatric unit. Two doctors and a police officer placed a psychiatric hold on Vogel, the affidavit said.

According to his mother, Vogel has an extensive history of mental illness and is not capable of taking care of himself. He must be cared for by her or in mental health facilities, the affidavit said.

While at the hospital, Vogel allegedly wrapped a chain he used to secure his wallet around his fist and tried to punch two male hospital staff members, according to the affidavit, which contains several accounts by Medford police officers who responded that day.

Vogel ran out of the hospital. A police officer who responded saw him walking and tried to convince him to return to the hospital, but Vogel refused and ran up the driveway of a home on Sandy Terrace, the affidavit said.

As officers cornered Vogel, he allegedly turned, clenched his fists and advanced on the officers, who engaged in a struggle with him during which he and the officers were struck, the affidavit said.

Officers pulled Vogel to the ground and after more struggles handcuffed him, the affidavit said.

A police sergeant who arrived on the scene conducted a use-of-force interview with Vogel. Vogel said he was not injured and had only fought to try and get away. Vogel stated that he was a "fighter" and not a "b--ch," the affidavit alleged.

Vogel was transported back to RRMC, where minor abrasions on his back and stomach were photographed from when police took him to the ground. He was placed in restraints and admitted to the hospital, the affidavit said.

Information about the incident was forwarded to the District Attorney's Office and Jackson County Mental Health, the affidavit said.

After Vogel was jailed for allegedly killing the dog on Feb. 1, Jackson County Senior Deputy District Attorney Laura Cromwell asked police on Feb. 7 to book Vogel on additional charges related to the Jan. 22 hospital incident. An officer went to the jail and completed the booking paperwork, the affidavit said.

Cromwell handles many of the cases involving defendants with mental illness.

— Reach staff reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@mailtribune.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/VickieAldous.