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Man arrested after Rogue River robbery

A man is in the Jackson County Jail after allegedly breaking out the windows at a Rogue River gas station and stealing an attendant’s pickup truck.

Abel Rubio-Camacho, 53, was arrested Tuesday outside Rogue River on felony charges that include first-degree robbery and unauthorized use of a vehicle for the incident at the Chevron station on Depot Street, according to a press release issued by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident began just before 9 a.m., according to police, when Rubio-Camacho was dropped off with a gas can at the gas station and demanded that an attendant fill the canister.

“It appeared that he didn’t want to pay for it,” said s heriff’s department public information officer Mike Moran. “He just became increasingly agitated and, at one point, pulled out a handgun.”

The fuel attendant locked himself in the gas station office. Rubio-Camacho allegedly used the handle of his gun to break out at least two windows and then fled in the fuel attendant’s Chevrolet pickup.

“He was heading back toward Rogue River at that time, so it’s not known if he was maybe unfamiliar with the area,” Moran said.

Within 30 minutes of the robbery, Oregon State Police troopers and Jackson County sheriff’s deputies spotted the stolen truck outside Rogue River on Foothill Boulevard near Sienna Drive. Police say they found a handgun that they believe belonged to Rubio-Camacho inside the truck.

In addition to robbery and vehicle theft charges, Rubio-Camacho was arrested on misdemeanor counts of menacing and third-degree criminal mischief, jail record show. As of Thursday afternoon, Rubio-Camacho was held on $115,000 bail.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office described Rubio-Camacho as a Medford man; however, Oregon court records showed his most recent criminal history to be cases in Hood River and Multnomah counties in 2015 and 2016, including charges of felon in possession of a restricted weapon, second-degree disorderly conduct, unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon and third-degree theft.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat. Web editor Ryan Pfeil contributed to this report.

Abel Rubio-Camacho, 53, faces felony robbery and vehicle theft charges surrounding a Thursday morning robbery at a Rogue River 76 Station. Jackson County Jail booking photo.