Pair arrested in violent Medford robbery
Medford police have arrested two suspects accused in the attack a 31-year-old woman in east Medford before leaving the victim bloodied, beaten and miles from civilization outside Rogue River.
Michael Benjamin Hambleton, 28, and Jordan Marie Broussard, 18, face felony robbery, assault, kidnapping and vehicle theft charges surrounding a violent attack that allegedly started at an east Medford house, and culminated with a passerby finding the woman badly beaten in a remote part of Salt Creek Road.
Police say the woman walked for approximately four miles along the road before she found help from a passing vehicle at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to a release issued Thursday from Medford police.
Police say the woman was found with multiple head injuries — some of which required stitches and staples — and her eyes were swollen shut.
The victim allegedly told police that she was at an acquaintance’s house in the 3500 block of Cherry Lane when Broussard started attacking her, and continued to do so for a period police described as “several minutes.”
Hambleton, a resident of the house, allegedly forced the victim into her own vehicle and drove her miles into the Southern Oregon wilderness while Broussard continued her physical attacks.
Police say Hambleton drove the vehicle six miles up Salt Creek Road — until they ran into snow on the road — then left the woman on foot without her phone or car keys.
An as-yet unidentified accomplice allegedly followed behind and drove the suspects away from the remote part of the roadway.
On Wednesday, a Medford police Special Weapons and Tactics team helped detectives issue a search warrant on the Cherry Lane home, where police say they found evidence of the crime and two firearms.
The two suspects were taken into custody without incident.