Attempted murder suspect’s arraignment postponed
Attempted murder suspect Aurelio Escobar remained in medical care this week. He is under around-the-clock guard as he continues to recover from being shot by police during a chase in which he allegedly shot at law enforcement.
Escobar is said to have carjacked and shot a man in Canyonville Aug. 11, which prompted the lengthy chase that ended in west Medford amid gunfire.
There was a brief telephone conference Friday in which Escobar, 25, of Sunnyside, Washington, Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Barnack and lawyers on both sides spoke to one another. When Escobar was offered the chance to avoid speaking about his case because he was on pain medication, he accepted it.
Escobar faces three counts of first-degree attempted murder in Jackson County — one count for each of the officers Escobar allegedly fire upon during the pursuit. Other counts include being a felon in possession of a firearm, fleeing or attempting to elude officers, both Class C felonies, and misdemeanor counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon, and reckless driving, court documents stated.
Escobar is also the suspect in the disappearance of Jennifer Caridad, 23, of Sunnyside, Washington. They were said to be in a relationship.
That investigation is ongoing, according to the Sunnyside Police Department.
Previous reports note that he is wanted in conjunction with other crimes in Yakima, Washington, including a drive-by shooting, robbery, assault and weapon possession. He is also a suspect in several armed carjackings in Oregon and Washington.
His arraignment has been continued to Sept. 10 and his upcoming probable cause preliminary hearing was canceled as his physical condition is monitored.