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Suspect charged in Ashland home-invasion robbery

A California man is being held in Jackson County Jail on accusations he tied up and beat an Ashland man in the victim’s home before stealing an SUV and bank cards.

Anthony Ryan Schafer, 29, of Fortuna, California, faces Measure 11 robbery and assault charges following a home-invasion robbery earlier this month in which the victim was bound with tape, pistol-whipped, burned with a propane torch and menaced with a stun gun, according to documents filed by Ashland and Medford police in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Schafer allegedly forced his way into the victim’s home on Park Street through a living-room window late the night of April 13 and stayed into the predawn hours of the following morning, according to Ashland police. The victim told police that Schafer was an acquaintance.

Schafer allegedly taped the victim to a chair by binding the man’s wrists and legs, then attacked the victim with a pistol and a propane torch. Schafer also is accused of firing probes from a Taser “in very close proximity” to the victim, court documents said.

Medford police arrested Schafer Saturday night in the 1200 block of South Riverside Avenue, according to court documents filed by Medford police. A search of the stolen SUV yielded a Taser, a firearm, a small amount of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Schafer was arraigned Monday on charges of first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, first-degree burglary, coercion, unlawful use of a weapon and unauthorized use of a vehicle, and he was arraigned Wednesday on added charges of felon in possession of a firearm and possessing meth.

Robbery in the first degree carries a mandatory-minimum 90-month prison sentence, and assault in the second degree carries a minimum 70-month prison sentence under Oregon’s Measure 11 law.

Ashland police arrested Schafer Thursday on nine additional felony counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, and 10 misdemeanor theft charges related to multiple withdrawals involving the victim’s debit card.

Schafer remains held without bail on the above charges, and for violating his parole on a 2017 Jackson County hit-and-run conviction.

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

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