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Suspect nabbed in Central Point bank robbery

Andy Atkinson / Mail tribuneA Central Point Police officer investigates what was reported as a bank robbery Friday morning at US Bank branch in downtown Central Point.

After a short manhunt involving a Central Point police K9, police have captured a suspect accused of robbing a downtown Central Point bank.

Jeremy Justin Hetrick, 33, was taken into police custody Friday morning on accusations that he robbed the U.S. Bank branch at 139 E. Pine Street at 10:26 a.m. Friday, according to a release issued by Central Point police.

Police say that a suspect matching Hetrick’s description passed a note to a teller at the bank and claimed to have a weapon, before running off with an undisclosed amount of cash and taking off on foot.

Officers — who drew from information provided by witnesses to Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon dispatchers — found Hetrick hiding several on private property several blocks away from the scene of the crime.

He was taken into custody without incident, police reported.

Central Point K9 “Gus” and his handler, Officer Tyler Aplin, were among those working at the crime scene. Police found several items of clothing discarded by the suspect as well as cash reported stolen from the bank.

Hetrick was arrested Friday on felony charges of second-degree robbery, second-degree burglary and first-degree theft, along with a misdemeanor charge of second-degree trespassing.

As of Friday afternoon, Hetrick was not yet listed as an inmate in the Jackson County Jail.

Josephine County Circuit Court records show that Hetrick has prior second-degree robbery convictions from 2011.

Jackson County Circuit Court records show that Hetrick has earlier pending misdemeanor charges that includes a second-degree criminal mischief charge accusing him of damaging a window pane at a People’s Bank of Commerce Branch in Central Point just last month.