Suspect in armed bank robbery arrested

John Young (Jackson County Jail)

Medford Police arrested a suspect in last Thursday's bank robbery at the Chase Bank on 601 Crater Lake Ave.

The suspect identified as 40-year-old John Eric Young was arrested after crashing a car on the 200 block of 2nd Avenue in Gold Hill.

Medford Police responded to a bank robbery at the Chase Bank at Crater Lake Avenue and Stevens at 3:45 p.m Thursday. Police then received subsequent calls of an assault with a knife and vehicle theft in parking lot of Grace Christian School.

Officers say, Young entered the Chase Bank by himself armed with a screwdriver. He approached the first victim, George Nye and demanded his keys and money from the ATM.

When Nye told the suspect he didn't have his keys, the suspect then stabbed him in the stomach. The knife didn't go far because he had on a thick coat with objects inside his pocket.

The suspect managed to stabbed him again in the back of his shoulder then went outside to try and enter Nye's car, but was unsuccessful.

Nye's injuries were treated on scene.

Young then ran to the First Baptist Church parking lot where he successfully entered a Ford F-150 parked in the front of the church.

A church employee and owner of the truck saw Young inside his truck now armed with a large knife. Young demanded the keys from the employee who did not give them to him.

As this happened Richard Robertson arrived to the church in a Gold 2001 Chevrolet Suburban.

Young entered the Suburban, threaten and stabbed Robertson with a knife. Robertson sustained a large wound on his right forearm in a effort to defend himself and manages to escape the car while Young steals it.

On the way out of the parking lot Young hits another victim that follows him for a short distance before losing sight of him on Biddle Rd and 4th Street.

Robertson was taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated and released for his injuries.

The third victim was sought medical attention on his own.

At 4:45 p.m. Medford Police have found the vehicle of the suspect at the Circle K on S. Riverside near Barnett Road, Young was no where in sight.

At approximately 8:00 p.m. Jackson County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Young were investigating a crash on the 200 block of 2nd Avenue in Gold Hill. They found Young who had fled the scene of the crash and arrested in connection to the crash.

After an investigation, Young was charged in connection to the bank robbery in Medford.

He was charged with two counts of bank robbery, assault 2 and 4, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Medford Police and the F.B.I. are continuing their investigation into the case. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective K. Ivens at 541-774-2266

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