Suspect arrested in Grants Pass pot robbery
The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man Saturday accused of posing as a police officer in a Grants Pass area marijuana robbery, but as many as seven more suspects may still be out there.
Alan Jaasiel Lopez, 20, of San Antonio, Texas, was arrested on charges of first-degree robbery, second-degree kidnapping and impersonating a police officer. He was reportedly among approximately eight suspects who attempted to take hundreds of pounds of marijuana at gunpoint from a marijuana operation in the 700 block of Pyle Drive near Grants Pass.
The investigation started with a 911 hang up call from the location at 1 p.m. Saturday, according to a press release issued by the sheriff’s office.
At the scene, sheriff’s deputies found multiple victims tied up, and learned that approximately eight individuals described as Hispanic males were armed and wearing equipment and uniforms that resembled law enforcement.
Police said they found Lopez near the scene of the robbery attempting to hide from police, and said he matched witness descriptions.
Lopez was being held Monday morning in the Josephine County Jail on $250,000 bail, records showed.
In a wooded area near the property where the robbery was reported, police said they found a Drug Enforcement Administration hat, a ballistic vest, firearms and fake badges.
Police asked residents near Pyle Drive to keep a lookout for similar items that may be related to the case.
If anything suspicious is spotted, police asked witnesses not to move or touch the items, and call the sheriff’s office at 541-774-5123.