Grants Pass Police Department
Emergency Messages as of 9:49 am, Sat. Sep. 18
***Attention, NE Beacon Dr is closed between NE Churchill and NE Quail Crossing for immediate road repairs*** This is an ongoing construction area and the heavy rains have opened a trench across the roadway, which can damage to vehicles. The contractor is responding to handle the issue and we will update when the roadway is no longer a hazard and open. Thank you for your cooperation in the this matter. - Posted: Sat. 18th, 08:50 AM
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News Release
Andrew Paul Soliz jr.
Andrew Paul Soliz jr.
Grants Pass Carjacking Suspect Arrested and Identified (Photo) - 09/15/21

On Tuesday 09/14/21 at approximately 9:58 AM, Grants Pass Police Officers responded to the Safeway parking lot on SE 7th Street regarding a woman being robbed of her vehicle and being dragged across the parking lot. Officers arrived within minutes to find the victim and her passenger had both received minor injuries when pulled from the vehicle by the suspect. The suspect had fled the scene in the victim’s vehicle, which is described as a 2008 Hyundai SantaFe. The stolen vehicle information was immediately sent to surrounding police agencies. The investigation revealed the suspect had been inside Safeway just before the robbery where his image was captured by surveillance cameras. 

At approximately 12:24 PM the Grants Pass Police Department was advised the California Highway Patrol was in pursuit of the vehicle southbound on I-5 in the Mt. Shasta area. At approximately 12:28 PM CHP advised the vehicle had crashed at high speeds on I-5 south of Dunsmuir. The suspect was taken into custody but was reportedly in serious/critical condition following the crash and being ejected from the vehicle. The identity of the suspect, who is described as a Hispanic male 33 years old, is being witheld at this time due to his injuries. He will be lodged for Robbery 2, Assault 4 (x2), and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. 

The Grants Pass Police Department would like to thank all who assisted with the investigation and apprehension. We especially want to thank our community partner Safeway and our professional partner the California Highway Patrol. Anyone having further information related to this robbery investigation is encouraged to call the Grants Pass Police non-emergency line at 541-450-6260 and reference case #21-39993.



Andrew Paul Soliz jr, a 33 year old Latino male, has been identified as the suspect who assaulted two elderly citizens in the Safeway parking lot in Grants Pass and took their vehicle. After crashing the vehicle in California while being pursued by CHP, Soliz was later released from the hospital that day and lodged at the Siskiyou County Jail on numerous California felony charges including a parole violation. He will be additionally charged with second degree robbery and second degree assault stemming from his crimes in Grants Pass, Oregon.

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