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Police dog, homeowner and deputies thwart burglary suspect

A homeowner, deputies and a police dog together thwarted a burglary suspect, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

The situation unfolded on Friday morning, when dispatchers received a 911 call from a Gold Hill woman reporting someone had entered her vehicle and garage. The woman, who was home alone at the time, said she believed the suspect had left at the time of the call, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

But while still on the phone with dispatchers, she saw a man inside the home with her. She relayed the information to dispatchers and then moved to the back of the home to wait for deputies, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies quickly converged on the scene and escorted the woman from her home. They established a perimeter, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The suspect, later identified as Micah James Farley, 33, tried to leave the home through the front door. But when he saw the deputies, he retreated into the home and barricaded himself inside. Deputies used a loudspeaker to communicate with Farley in an effort to convince him to leave the home voluntarily. He refused to comply, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

A Jackson County Sheriff’s Office K9 arrived and entered the home with an arrest team. Farley continued to be uncooperative and retreated further into the house. Deputies used pepper spray and he was eventually taken into custody, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Farley had multiple rounds of ammunition in his pockets and was wearing a concealed holster. A gun was not found, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Further investigation revealed Farley had gathered several items belonging to victims from inside the house and garage in preparation for stealing them. He had also eaten food while inside the home, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Farley was treated for minor injuries by medical professionals, then taken to the Jackson County Jail. He remained in jail as of Sunday on $37,500 bail.

Farley had been wanted on a felony warrant for failing to appear in court in Jackson County on prior charges of second-degree burglary, first-degree theft, unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and second-degree trespassing.

In that case, Farley was accused of stealing tools from a pick-up truck, workshop and barn from property along Ramsey Road in Sams Valley in January. He was caught after his vehicle ran out of gas and an Oregon State Trooper found him with the items, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Farley was released from jail a few days following his arrest after posting $2,000 on $20,000 bail — a standard 10% figure.

He now faces new charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree theft and unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, jail records show.

His past convictions dating back to 2004 include minor in possession of alcohol, third-degree assault, driving under the influence of intoxicants, first-degree theft, second-degree theft, third-degree theft, third-degree robbery, heroin possession and methamphetamine possession, according to circuit court records in Jackson and Curry counties.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @VickieAldous.

Micah James Farley