Police: Wanted fugitive for attempted murder, robbery, assault arrested
JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. —
Police arrested a wanted Jackson County man in Maryland.
Terell Stembridge was a suspect in a marijuana theft back in November. He met with a 25-year-old male on South Foothill Road in Medford. The two knew each other and met so one could buy marijuana from the other.
At that time, Stembridge brought out a .40 caliber handgun and threatened to kill the male. Stembridge ordered the male to put the marijuana in a bag.
The male tried to grab the firearm from Stembridge. Stembridge fired several rounds hitting the male three times. The male then took out a .45 caliber handgun and fired two rounds back, but did not hit Stembridge. Stembridge ran away with the marijuana.
The man drove himself to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center for life-threatening injuries and underwent surgery.
A Grand Jury indicted Stembridge on Attempted Murder, Assault in the First Degree and Robbery in the First Degree back in November. A nationwide warrant was issued for Stembridge.
Medford Police Deputy Chief Brett Johnson says marijuana can bring about violent crime when it involved out of state transport.
"Here in southern Oregon we get desensitized to the value of Marijuana but back east this thing could be worth $4,000-10,000 a pound on the streets and when they're coming to get that from here, it's a dangerous situation," said Dep. Chief Johnson.
In December, a United States Marshal's Service fugitive task force located Stembridge in Baltimore, MD where he was taken into custody on the warrant. On February 8th, Stembridge was lodged in the Jackson County Jail for the three charges listed above.
Investigators believe the robbery was committed to sell the marijuana illegally on the east coast.