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Victim in Critical Condition as Grants Pass Police Search for Attempted Murder Suspect (Photo) - 02/01/23

UPDATE – February 1, 2023 – Grants Pass Police Chief Warren Hensman will be holding a joint press conference today at 1:00 PM at the Grants Pass Police Department located at 726 NE 7th Street in Grants Pass, Oregon to discuss the resolution to the Benjamin Foster Case. Representatives from the Oregon State Police, Josephine County Sheriff’s Office, and the Josephine County District Attorney’s Office will also be available for comment.

The press conference will stream live at https://www.facebook.com/grantspassoregon.

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UPDATE JANUARY 30TH. 

After a several hour long standoff, Benjamin Foster is in custody. A press conference will be held tomorrow with additional information.

 

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UPDATE January 29, 2023 - Grants Pass, Ore – Benjamin Obadiah Foster, an extremely dangerous suspect wanted for Attempted Murder, Kidnapping, and Assault, remains on the run. Detectives and Fugitive Apprehension Teams are continuing to follow investigative leads.

It is possible that Benjamin Foster may attempt to change his appearance by shaving his beard and hair or by changing his hair color. The Grants Pass Police Department asks the public to pay particular attention to Foster’s facial structure and eyes since those features are very difficult to change. Additional photos of Foster, as they become available, will be released to assist in his identification.

Tips regarding sightings of Benjamin Foster continue to flood into the department, and we are confident this dangerous criminal will soon be captured with the assistance of a concerned citizen. The Grants Pass Police Department appreciates the engagement of the community in this investigation, as well as the extensive media coverage from across the nation.

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UPDATE - January 27, 2023 - Grants Pass Police Offer Reward for Information Leading to Arrest and Capture of Attempted Murder Suspect

Grants Pass, Ore. – Yesterday evening, the Grants Pass Police Department, with the assistance of Oregon State Police SWAT, the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office, and Federal partners, served a search warrant in the 1300 block of Sunny Valley Loop in Wolf Creek in an effort to arrest Benjamin Obadiah Foster for Attempted Murder. Following a lengthy manhunt, Foster evaded capture and likely received assistance in fleeing the area. Numerous items of evidence, including Foster’s 2008 Nissan Sentra, were seized during the search.

During the search, investigators arrested 68-year-old Tina Marie Jones of Wolf Creek for Hindering Prosecution. She was lodged at the Josephine County Jail.

The investigation has revealed that the suspect is actively using online dating applications to contact unsuspecting individuals who may be lured into assisting with the suspect’s escape or potentially as additional victims. The Grants Pass Police Department wants the community to be extra safe while this predator is still at large and also advises that anyone assisting Ben Foster with his escape will face potential prosecution.

The Grants Pass Police Department has established a Tip-Line and is offering a $2,500.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of Benjamin Obadiah Foster. Anyone with information is asked to call the Grants Pass Police Tip-Line at 541-237-5607. Citizens should not approach this extremely dangerous suspect and call 9-1-1.

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UPDATE - Grants Pass, Ore. - Chief Warren Hensman will be holding a press conference regarding this Attempted Murder case today (January 26, 2023) at 2:00 PM. The conference will be held in the Training Room of the Grants Pass Police Department located at 726 NE 7th Street, Grants Pass, OR 97526. 

Updated Suspect photos have been added. Benjamin Obadiah Foster is described as a 36-year-old white male, approximately 6'0" tall, weighing approximately 180 pounds, with Brown hair, possibly worn in a bun, and blue eyes. Foster is believed to be in possession of a handgun and is considered extremely dangerous.

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Grants Pass, Ore. – On Tuesday at 6:52 PM, Grants Pass Police Officers responded to a residence in the 2100 block of Shane Way regarding an assault. Upon arrival, officers found a female victim who had been bound and severely beaten into unconsciousness. The victim was transported to an area hospital in critical condition.

The suspect fled the scene before officers arrived but was positively identified as Benjamin Obadiah Foster, 36 years old, of Wolf Creek. Foster was last known to be driving a dark blue 2008 Nissan Sentra 4-door with Oregon license 407EDX. Foster is known to be armed and should be considered extremely dangerous. Foster is wanted by the police for Kidnapping, Attempted Murder, and Assault. Anyone seeing Foster or knowing his whereabouts should immediately call 9-1-1 and reference Grants Pass case #23-3570. 

The Grants Pass Police Department and partner agencies are actively investigating this case and thank the citizens who have assisted thus far. Further details will be released as they become available.

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Grants Pass Police Arrest Suspect Who Set Fire to Lincoln Elementary School (Photo) - 01/20/23

Grants Pass, Ore. – On January 14, 2023, at 1:38 AM, Grants Pass Police and Grants Pass Fire and Rescue responded to Lincoln Elementary School regarding a fire alarm. The first arriving police officer located four outdoor propane heaters active and set on high. Two of the heaters were against a wooden wall of the school and had caused the wall to ignite. The police officer immediately extinguished the flames with a fire extinguisher to prevent further damage. Grants Pass Fire and Rescue arrived shortly after to ensure the fire had not spread further.

Surveillance video captured Quest Kellen Cougar Vanlohuizen, a 28-year-old male, moving the heaters and igniting them near the wooden wall. The video also showed Vanlohuizen ingesting suspected illicit drugs while in the same area. Vanlohuizen had fled the scene prior to the arrival of first responders.

This morning at 9:24 AM, a Grants Pass Police Detective observed Vanlohuizen at the Josephine County Courthouse and arrested the suspect with the assistance of patrol officers. Vanlohuizen was transported to the Josephine County Jail where he was lodged for Reckless Burning, Second Degree Criminal Mischief, and Third Degree Theft.

The Grants Pass Police Department would like to thank the community for their assistance in this case and encourage anyone seeing suspicious persons at our schools during late night hours to contact the police department.

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** UPDATED ** Major Crash Rogue River Hwy at Florence Lane - Road Closure (Photo) - 01/10/23

** UPDATE ** Rogue River Hwy Re-Opened to Traffic
The Grants Pass Police Department has completed its crash investigation, and the roadway has been opened to through traffic. Investigators appreciate the public's patience while the investigation was conducted.
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Grants Pass, Ore. - At 5:26 PM Grants Pass Police and Grants Pass Fire and Rescue responded to the intersection of Rogue River Highway and Florence Lane regarding a major vehicle collision. Responding units are still on the scene for the investigation, and citizens are asked to avoid the area.

Further information will be released at a future time.