Josephine County community reacts to multi-state, multi agency crime spree

Matthew Fanelli making his first court appearance in Josephine County.

30-year-old Matthew Fanelli was in the Josephine County court and charged with 19 counts, including attempted aggravated murder with a firearm. He is now sitting at the Josephine County jail, after leading police in a high-speed chase across Southern Oregon.

Fanelli and his partner Jose Lopez Jovel went on a multi-state, multi-agency crime spree over the weekend from a strip club shooting in Colorado, robberies in Wyoming and Utah and a high-speed police pursuit ending at a local church in Josephine County. Officers arrested Fanelli, after he attempted to steal a car in Roseburg on Saturday.

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Hugo resident Amber Contreras works at local market around the corner from where Fanelli was arrested.

"It scares me actually," Contreras said. "I'm thankful I had gone home for the night before all this craziness happened."

Their criminal activity starting to come to an end when Jovel was arrested first by the Roseburg Police Department.

Fanelli then attempted to elude police down Interstate 5, where he shot at officers several times, even hitting a passenger car with a child inside.

"My first five customers at least were like 'Oh my gosh, there was a shooting, killing, here, there and everywhere," Contreras said.

He also attempted to steal another vehicle on Pickett Creek Rd. where officers said he shot a male and assaulted a female in Grants Pass.

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Fred Reichert, who lives two houses down from the church, said he and his wife watched the arrest happen from the view of his window.

"My wife and I heard lots of sirens, so we went over to the blinds to open them up," Reichert said. "We saw approximately what looked like ten to twelve police cars or emergency vehicles pulling into the church parking lot."

He said the flames were hard to miss.

"She said I see an orange glow and I said 'yeah, I see it," Reichert said. "It was a small fire at first, and then it ended up growing and growing and I thought the house was on fire."

In a small rural community, word of the high speed chase spread quickly through the neighborhood.

Officials said this is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released as it becomes available. However, they are asking drivers who were along the I-5 this weekend to check their vehicles for any firearm damage from this chase.

Here is a complete list of Fanelli's charges:

  • Count 1 — Attempted Murder with a Firearm
  • Count 2 - Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a Firearm
  • Count 3 - Attempted Aggravated Murder with a Firearm
  • Count 4 - Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a Firearm
  • Count 5 - Attempted Aggravated Murder with a Firearm
  • Count 6 - Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a Firearm
  • Count 7 - Attempted Aggravated Murder with a Firearm
  • Count 8 - Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a Firearm
  • Count 9 - Attempted Aggravated Murder with a Firearm
  • Count 10 - Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a Firearm
  • Count 11 - Attempted Aggravated Murder with a Firearm
  • Count 12 - Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a Firearm
  • Count 13 - Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer
  • Count 14 - Attempted Aggravated Murder with a Firearm
  • Count 15 - Assault in the First Degree with a Firearm
  • Count 16'- Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a Firearm
  • Count 17 - Assault in the Second Degree with a Firearm
  • Count 18 - Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a Firearm
  • Count 19 - Attempted Aggravated Murder with a Firearm
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