Police standoff leads to arrest in White City
A man was arrested after a Monday morning standoff in which the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office used tear gas and flash bang devices in an effort to get him to come out of a garage.
Some neighbors near the standoff location in the 3800 block of Antelope Road in White City mistook the flash bang device sounds for gun shots. Flash bang devices, sometimes called stun grenades, are used to stun and disorient suspects.
Deputies and the Sheriff’s Office SWAT team had converged on the scene at 6:15 a.m.
Deputies ultimately had to enter the detached garage and take Jaime Castro, 28, of the 3800 block of Antelope Road into custody, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
He had repeatedly ignored orders to come out, said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mike Moran.
A police dog was on the scene but was not used on the suspect, he said.
Castro was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on charges of resisting arrest, interfering with a police officer and failing to appear in Josephine County Circuit Court on charges of possession and delivery of methamphetamine and heroin. He is being held without bail for a parole violation on a previous drug conviction, jail records show.
Several people were at the property at the time but did not take part in the standoff.
Robin Kutala, 59, of the 3800 block of Antelope Road was cited for possession of methamphetamine and released, the Sheriff’s Office said.
A visitor to the home, Kevin Lee Hughes, 32, of Eagle Point was arrested and taken to jail on a charge of contempt of court for allegedly violating a restraining order. His bail was set at $7,500, jail records show.
The arrests came while the Sheriff’s Office was executing a search warrant related to an incident on Friday.
On that day, deputies attempted to pull over an unlicensed silver Mercedes Benz sedan along Highway 62 near Shady Cove. The driver attempted to elude deputies and drove onto a private driveway, where he was stopped, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The driver, Michael Bradley Herlikofer, 30, of Shady Cove was arrested and lodged in jail on charges of failing to display a license plate, attempting to elude police, providing false information to police, failing to appear in court repeatedly and a long string of heroin and meth possession charges, according to jail records.
The passenger, Tiffany Anderson Burke, 27, of Eagle Point was lodged in jail on a probation violation initially. Additional charges of possession of heroin and meth were added when drugs were found on her during the lodging process, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The Mercedes was seized and towed.
The Sheriff’s Office said the investigation continued after evidence was discovered during a search of the Mercedes. The Sheriff’s Office obtained a search warrant to look for guns at the property in the 3800 block of Antelope Road, where the standoff took place Monday.
The case remains under investigation.