Spider-Man’s brother charged in Ashland drug, mail-theft cases
The half-brother of Spider-Man actor Tobey Maguire was indicted Monday in a string of mail theft cases in Ashland earlier this year.
A grand jury indicted Weston Jovan Epp, 23, on two felony counts of mail theft. Ashland police allege Epp stole mail from a half-dozen Ashland addresses, according to documents filed in Jackson County Circuit Court.
Epp, who has a Port Townsend, Washington, address listed in court records, was also indicted on misdemeanor charges of unlawfully possessing user amounts of two medications for which he didn’t have a prescription, hydrocodone and diazepam, better known by the brand name Valium.
Epp was arrested in late February near the Ashland Plaza on charges related to the theft of mail, according to Ashland police Chief Tighe O’Meara, who confirmed that Epp is Maguire’s younger half-brother.
Epp has had one film role, Boy with Mask, in the 2004 film “Spider-Man 2,” which starred Maguire.
Following Epp’s arrest just before 1:30 a.m. Feb. 25, near the Black Sheep Pub and Restaurant, a search of his truck yielded opened mail belonging to Ashland victims living on Wimer and Walnut streets, according to affidavits filed by Ashland police. Other affidavits name six mail theft victims in the Ashland area, though only two victims are named in the indictment.
Epp faces a separate felony charge of delivering hydrocodone. On Feb. 21, following a separate misdemeanor arrest on Feb. 19, a search yielded 118 diazepam pills and 20 Norcos, a combination hydrocodone and acetaminophen, police allege.
Police said they have had several run-ins with Epp in recent months. Jackson County sheriff’s Lt. Josh Aldrich said Epp was booked in the jail three times within a week in late February, but the arrests were for misdemeanors, so he was released to make room for more dangerous offenders.
“Ultimately, this guy’s a perfect example of somebody who’s coming in and out, and due to overcrowding it wasn’t (serious) enough to stay,” Aldrich said.
In the mail theft case, Epp posted the required 10 percent of his $20,000 bail, leading to his release March 2, jail records show.
Epp’s defense lawyer Justin Rosas said Epp is undergoing treatment for mental health and addiction problems, among “other serious health issues.”
Epp is scheduled to be arraigned April 24 in the hydrocodone delivery and mail theft cases. He is scheduled to appear in court May 21 on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants, for which court documents show he’s eligible for diversion programs.
Mail Tribune reporter Kaylee Tornay contributed to this report. Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.