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One jailed in Eagle Point pot robbery

A Portland man was arrested Saturday on a host of charges stemming from an Eagle Point home invasion robbery and a police car chase, but a second suspect — and a robbery victim’s new Volkswagen SUV — remain on the loose.

Nathan Daniel Perkins, 36, of Portland, is accused of being one of two armed and masked men clad in body armor who stormed into a marijuana farm before dawn Saturday morning in the 2700 block of Alta Vista Road, according to court documents filed by police in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Two victims said they were handcuffed in their home by two robbers who made off with roughly 36 pounds of marijuana, jewelry and a white 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday, according to a press release issued by the sheriff’s office.

As of Tuesday, the SUV, Oregon license plate 167 LRH, had not been recovered.

The SUV eluded Central Point police near the intersection of Table Rock and Vilas roads, where it was spotted driving at high speeds, along with a white 2012 BMW 3-Series sedan, before both cars took the Exit 33 ramp onto northbound Interstate 5.

The Central Point officer lost sight of the cars near Gold Hill, but a Grants Pass police officer spotted the BMW.

A Jackson County sheriff’s deputy caught up to the car outside Azalea near mile marker 89, and stayed on the vehicle all the way into Douglas County.

Douglas County sheriff’s deputies deployed spike strips on the BMW at mile marker 117, causing Perkins to lose control of the car about two miles south of the Winston exit. Perkins ran from the scene and a manhunt lasting several hours ensued, police said.

At 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Douglas County sheriff’s deputies found Perkins, allegedly wearing the same clothes worn at the time of the Eagle Point robbery. Perkins had approached a resident to ask for help, but the resident called law enforcement, being aware of the pursuit and crash that happened hours earlier, the sheriff's office said.

A search of the BMW reportedly yielded tactical vests, handcuffs, a shotgun and a handgun, along with items reported stolen in Eagle Point.

Perkins made his initial appearance in Jackson County Circuit Court Monday on felony charges of second-degree robbery, aggravated first-degree theft, first-degree burglary, coercion, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and fleeing or attempting to elude police in a vehicle. Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Lorenzo Mejia set Perkins’ bail at $500,000 and ordered intensive release conditions if he is let out early.

Police and court documents did not name any other suspects.

Perkins remained held Tuesday in the Jackson County Jail without bail.

Multnomah County Circuit Court records show Perkins was convicted in June of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, first-degree burglary and unlawfully possessing a firearm after he reportedly entered an occupied Portland home in the 8000 block of Center Street last January. A man reportedly struck Perkins in the head with a baseball bat after the homeowner’s 14-year-old daughter screamed for help. Police reportedly found Perkins in a shed next door lying in a fetal position.

Anyone with information about the missing VW was asked to call the sheriff’s office tip line at 541-770-8333 and reference case No. 19-23095.

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

Nathan Daniel Perkins., courtesy of the Jackson County Jail.
This 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan resembles the still-missing stolen vehicle, with Oregon license plate 167 LRH.