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Woman arrested in Medford home invasion robberies

A Medford woman was arrested Wednesday for her alleged involvement in a pair of home invasion robberies in September.

Megan Kaylene Kusel, 36, also known as Megan K. Kusel-Hislip, faces burglary and robbery charges for allegedly threatening bodily injury to victims in their homes during the two Medford robberies — including one allegedly captured on home surveillance video — that included the theft of a BMW sedan and a motorcycle, according to documents filed in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Aynsley John Alexander Hand, 35, remains in the Jackson County Jail on burglary and robbery charges in the crimes. He was arrested Oct. 1 after Medford police surrounded his apartment in the 2000 block of Brookhurst Street for more than five hours, according to an earlier news report.

Kusel and Hand are accused of storming homes in morning robberies Sept. 23 and 27.

At 7:48 a.m. Sept. 23, Hand and Kusel allegedly pounded on the door of a home in the 600 block of Beatty Street. Police say Hand was allegedly armed with a “semi-automatic replica handgun,” and Kusel allegedly carried “a large piece of wood, similar to a 2x4” when they forced their way into the home.

Once inside, Kusel and Hand demanded keys to the victims’ BMW, and threatened “bodily injury” if the victims did not comply.

The robbery was “audio and video recorded” on a home surveillance camera, according to police.

At about 4:45 a.m. Sept. 27, police said, Hand and Kusel allegedly entered the home of a woman in the 2500 block of Ashwood Court through a garage, armed this time with a handgun. The victim allegedly told police that Hand ordered her to the ground at gunpoint, demanded money and drugs, and “placed the barrel of the firearm to her forehead and threatened to kill her.”

Kusel was allegedly armed with a hammer and a folding saw, and “threatened bodily injury” during the robbery, police said.

Hand allegedly fled the home with a motorcycle, helmet and jacket, and Kusel left shortly after in a separate vehicle, police said.

The day after Hand’s arrest, police said they found in Hand’s apartment a silver handgun, yellow and black folding saw and hammer that matched weapons used in the Sept. 27 robbery.

Kusel made her initial court appearance Thursday on charges of first-degree burglary, first- and second-degree robbery and felon in possession of a firearm. At the court hearing, Judge Lorenzo Mejia set bail at $447,500.

Under Oregon law, first-degree robbery carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 7 years, 6 months, and second-degree robbery carries a 5-year, 10-month mandatory minimum sentence.

Hand remained in jail on $525,000 bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 16.

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

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