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Two men are in jail following a high speed chase that started in Roseburg and ended in Josephine County.

Posted: Feb 24, 2019 11:04 AM
Updated: Feb 25, 2019 11:17 AM

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. --

UPDATE: Summit County Sheriff's Office sent out a tweet saying that three suspects have been arrested in connection with the robbery of a Wells Fargo bank in Summit County, Colorado. 

Two of these suspects were arrested in the attempted car-jacking and chase, but Oregon State Police and partner law enforcement agencies soon discovered that these two suspects were associated with the multi-state crime spree.


INITIAL REPORT: Two men are in jail this morning after a high speed chase that started in Roseburg and ended in Josephine County.

According to Oregon State Police (OSP), troopers responded to a call of a carjacking at the Red Robin in Roseburg. Police say the suspects were not able to steal the vehicle and left the restaurant in their original car. 

Officers from the Roseburg Police Department were able to take one of the suspects into custody at the scene. The Department said that 31-year-old Jose Lopez-Jovel of El Salvador was left behind by his accomplice. He is currently being held in the Douglas County Jail, and reportedly has a fugitive warrant from Utah as well. 

When the other suspect, Matthew Anthony Faneli, left the restaurant police were able to find him on the streets. Police say he escaped from authorities and headed southbound on Interstate 5. While driving southbound police say he shot a firearm several times and struck a semi-truck, a car (hit a car seat with a child in it) and an Oregon State Police Patrol Car. 

This continued along I-5 southbound and police say they lost sight of Faneli. Faneli attempted another carjacking near Pickett Creek Road in Josephine County. A couple was inside the car at the time. Faneli shot the man and assaulted the female. OSP says the man was critically injured and his name and status will be updated at a later time. Faneli was unable to steal their car. 

Authorities were able to locate Faneli once again when his car broke down. He was taken into custody. He is currently at the Josephine County Jail.

OSP and Oregon Law Enforcement agencies say these two suspects are associated with a multi-state crime spree of violent criminal activity. Law enforcement is working with out-of-state and federal partners. 

Oregon State Police included this precautionary information in the press release, "As a matter of precaution, citizens along the route of the vehicle chase and associated crime scenes should be vigilant of their surrounding area, hitchhikers and securing of their property. Additionally, motorists traveling Interstate 5 during the vehicle pursuit, are requested to check their vehicles for evidence of firearm damage." 

Here are the agencies who helped with this: Roseburg Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety and Josephine County Sheriff’s Office. The Federal Bureau of Investigations is also assisting.

OSP says this is still an ongoing investigation. Any new information we received will be posted here.

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