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Man wanted on weapons charge arrested in Shady Cove

A man wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service for violating parole on a federal weapons charge was arrested Thursday afternoon in the Shady Cove area after being chased off a property where he had been caught sleeping in someone’s truck, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

Robert Phillip Tallman, 34, remained in the Jackson County Jail Friday on a federal hold without bail, and on a felony charge for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and a misdemeanor trespass charge, according to jail records.

Jackson County sheriff’s deputies began searching for Tallman, who was wanted on a federal warrant, Thursday morning following a call to law enforcement from a man who had spotted an unknown male trespassing on his 1,300-acre property in the 1800 block of Crowfoot Road, east of Shady Cove, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The man said he had spotted Tallman sleeping in his brother’s vehicle, a truck parked in the driveway “in front of a dwelling on the property,” the affidavit said.

The man reported he and his brother had confronted the unknown male, identified later as Tallman, “with their guns drawn.” Tallman tried to flee in the vehicle, but had to abandon it when it got stuck in the mud, the affidavit said. He fled on foot into the forest.

Deputies and a K-9 unit responded to the area, and just after 1:30 p.m. a deputy found Tallman walking in the road in the 3400 block of Indian Creek Road near Shady Cove, wearing a T-shirt and jeans in the cold.

“[Tallman] claimed he entered the vehicle for warmth and found the keys in the ignition,” the affidavit said. “[Tallman] also admitted he drove it, but claimed he wasn’t trying to steal it.”

Tallman was arrested in February 2020 on multiple drug- and weapons-related charges, according to an earlier news report. A Jackson County detective and a U.S. Marshal had been conducting surveillance on Tallman during a warrant arrest that stemmed from previous theft and burglary incidents. During their surveillance, they reportedly witnessed Tallman enter a tent with a pistol and fire a shot, according to a probable cause affidavit. Police later located the weapon inside a truck on the property, along with “140 pounds of usable marijuana” on the property, the affidavit said.

Reach web editor Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @RyanPfeil.

Robert Phillip Tallman was arrested by local and federal agents earlier this week. File Jackson County Sheriff's Office photo.