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Update Alleged Hostage Report - 01/23/20

UPDATE Case 20-1327

UPDATED 012320

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has concluded the investigation into the alleged hostage situation reported via social media on 012120. Deputies investigating the incident in the 2500 block of Carr St. White City, Oregon, have found no probable cause to believe a crime occurred regarding the aspect of the case involving the caller being held hostage.

The case also lead to a search warrant that resulted in a stolen firearm being recovered at the scene. That element of the case will remain under investigation.

JCSO Case #20-1327

On 012120 at 0114 Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon was notified about a post on the Jackson County Scanner Page.  A 49-year-old male, posted on the scanner page that he was being held hostage at his residence and he needed help. The victim gave his address in the 2500 block of Carr St. White City, Oregon.  Units arrived and surrounded the house.  The homeowner opened the door and yelled for help.  Deputies made entry into the residence and detained four people. 

Those four were: Hector Orozco dob 08/24/1996; Martin Rodriquez Banuelos dob 01/05/1991; James Powers dob 12/25/1997; and a 59-year-old female.

Orozco was lodged on a State Parole Board Warrant for a weapons offense.  Banuelos was lodged for a Parole Violation for Possession of Dangerous Drugs.  Powers was lodged on a Detainer issued by his Probation Officer for PCS Meth.  The female subject was released at the conclusion of the investigation. 

A search warrant for the residence was obtained and served. A stolen firearm was recovered during the search.  The case remains under investigation and possible additional charges will be reviewed. 


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