Poole is being held on $1.25 million bail
What happened in the Rogue River strangulation case where the ex-boyfriend hid out in the victim's apartment? It was all over the news a while back, and now there's nothing being reported. Did the guy go to prison? Is he out?
— Eunice P., Grants Pass
Robert Francis Poole is not out, Eunice. He's still being held in the Jackson County Jail on $1.25 million bail awaiting his trial, which is scheduled for Sept. 29.
Poole, 28, was indicted in August by a Jackson County grand jury on multiple charges related to events that unfolded after Donna White insisted Rogue River police perform a welfare check on her daughter, Jessica Bridges, after receiving a two-word text message plea for help on Saturday, July 31.
Poole, a convicted felon in California, already was facing domestic violence and other charges related to a February incident with Bridges and White.
Police say they made repeated trips to the apartment before they were able to speak to the alleged victim on Sunday afternoon. Bridges told police Poole had "choked her out" and was holding one of her children hostage in the bathroom. When police demanded to see Bridges' young son, Poole fled out the bathroom window.
He was captured after police chased him down back alleys and side streets. Poole was taken to jail on suspicion of attempted murder, kidnapping and other charges.
Prosecutors reviewed police statements early Monday morning and determined there was insufficient evidence to convict on the two Measure 11 charges, said District Attorney Mark Huddleston.
Poole currently faces three felony charges, including two counts of fourth-degree felony assault and coercion. The DA also filed misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree assault, strangulation, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Poole has pleaded not guilty to all charges.