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News Release
Convicted Child Rapist Captured (Photo) - 02/22/24

Linn County Sheriff Michelle Duncan reports that today at 3:37 p.m., Gary Louis Coomer, 51, of Sweet Home, was arrested on his outstanding arrest warrants.  On January 12th, 2024, a jury found Gary Coomer guilty on charges of Sodomy in the First Degree, Rape in the First Degree, and two counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree.  The judge ordered him released and to return to court on February 15th for sentencing.  When Coomer failed to appear, warrants were issued for his arrest. 

Law enforcement officials from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Lebanon Police Department, and Sweet Home Police Department have been working together to apprehend Gary Coomer since he failed to appear for his sentencing.  Law enforcement officials conducted surveillance, contacted known associates of Coomer, and tracked down all leads from the public.  

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office located Coomer hiding on a property east of Lebanon.  Coomer was given commands to surrender to law enforcement but ignored those commands.  Once a K-9 unit from the Lebanon Police Department arrived on scene and began giving commands to Coomer, he surrendered peacefully.  Once Coomer was taken into custody, he complained of medical issues.  Coomer was transported to the Lebanon Community Hospital to be evaluated.  Once cleared, he will be taken to the Linn County Jail where he will be lodged without bail and wait to be sentenced at the Linn County Circuit Court.         

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