Home invasion suspect wore Texas sweatshirt
Police are still looking for a third suspect in a home invasion robbery last week, and Central Point police say a sweatshirt the man was seen wearing on a local store's surveillance camera is a clue that he hails from the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Two Texas men remain behind bars for their alleged roles in an armed robbery that involved a handgun, an AR-15 rifle and the theft of several pounds of marijuana from a Central Point resident Feb. 13. The two Texans were arrested after they crashed their car in east Medford following a chase by Oregon State Police, but the third suspect was not found.
Central Point police Detective Josh Abbott said the sweatshirt was from a fighting gym in North Richland Hills, Texas.
The man in the hooded sweatshirt was seen on a camera at a local NAPA auto parts store roughly an hour before the robbery. The shirt had a reddish-orange boxing logo on the front and the phrase "My gym can beat up your gym" on the back, according to police.
The driver in the Feb. 13 chase, Erick Yair Cervantes Molinero (spelled previously as Melinero), 21, and passenger Ashton Shamar Garrett, 22, were also at the auto parts store, police said. The men made purchases for a gray Honda Civic coupe with Texas plates, according to Abbott.
The sweatshirt so far hasn't led to a suspect, Abbott said. "Nobody I've talked to so far recognizes him as a member there," Abbott said. "It could just be that he bought one (sweatshirt)."
Abbott said he's communicating with police in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
In addition to the AR-15 rifle found in the Civic's trunk next to bags of marijuana, police found an AK-47 rifle in the backseat, and Garrett had a Glock handgun in his waistband, according to court documents.
Cervantes Molinero and Garrett were each arraigned Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court following a grand jury indictment charging them with robbery, burglary and assault, as well as weapons and coercion charges. At Tuesday's arraignment, Circuit Judge David Hoppe ordered no early release unless the men posted the required 10 percent of their $500,000 bail.
Grand jury witnesses included Jonathen Ulisses Hernandez, the victim of the robbery, and Hernandez's friend Uriel Reyes, who inadvertently parked behind Cervantes Molinero and Garrett when he pulled up midway through the robbery in the 800 block of Greenleaf Drive, police said.
The three suspects allegedly robbed and beat Hernandez over "multiple pounds" of marijuana during what Hernandez expected to be a marijuana sale, police said.
Hernandez has not yet been charged with possessing or selling marijuana, and Chief Deputy District Attorney Jeremy Markiewicz said he couldn't comment on the pending investigation. A search in Jackson County Circuit Court records shows no criminal history for Hernandez, 25.
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