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Police: Man threatened people with blood-filled syringe

A man is facing charges after allegedly saying he is HIV-positive and threatening people with a blood-filled syringe in a Medford grocery store.

Daniel Scott Hammers, 33, of Oregon City has been charged in Jackson County Circuit Court with third-degree robbery, third-degree theft, harassment, unlawful use of a weapon and menacing.

On Nov. 21, 2017, Hammers was banned from WinCo Foods on East Barnett Road. Store employees said he had been engaging in disorderly conduct and had a syringe with blood in it, according to an affidavit by Medford police.

Store employees alleged he returned to the store, selected food items worth $18.77 and left without paying while continuing his disorderly conduct, the affidavit said.

Two employees said they took Hammers to the ground, handcuffed him and carried him back to the store's loss prevention office, the affidavit said.

An employee said Hammers began screaming that he had HIV, alarmed customers and spit in the employee's face. Three employees pinned Hammers to the floor. He allegedly told them he was going to stick them with a syringe full of blood, the affidavit said.

A police officer arrived and advised Hammers of his Miranda rights. Hammers allegedly told the police officer he is dying of HIV, the affidavit said.

"Hammers told me he was trying to infect people with HIV," the police officer wrote in the affidavit.

Hammers then became extremely agitated and allegedly threatened to cut an employee's throat, the affidavit said.

"When we stood Hammers up, I found that the syringe was laying on the ground where he had just been," the police officer said in the affidavit.

In an indictment charging him with unlawful use of a weapon and other crimes, the weapon is listed as "a syringe loaded with blood."

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