Suspicious Van Driver Arrested

By Sharon Ko

MEDFORD, Ore. — A suspicious driver who deputies believe was contacting middle school-aged girls is now behind bars.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says, through a tip, they located 41-year-old Doug Remstedt’s van with a tarp over it on West Vilas Road in Central Point. They found him at a residence on the 600 block of South Holly Street in Medford.

The two people living inside the home denied Remstedt was inside; but as deputies waited for a search warrant, Remstedt tried to escape, jumping out of a window. Deputies were able to stop him at gunpoint; they say he was arrested on two warrants out of Klamath Falls.

“There are no other charges pending against him but that doesn’t mean there won’t be,” says Andrea Carlson, with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. “You know, we’ll finish our investigation and what we have here and look to see what else he could be charged with at this point. But unfortunately, it’s not against the law to talk to somebody out of a van.”

Deputies say the two people at the residence on South Holly Street are charged with hindering prosecution for lying about Remstedt.