RUCH, Ore. — Detectives and a SWAT team arrested one man on an "unrelated" warrant during a series of raids in the Ruch area Thursday morning, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO).
Detectives and the JCSO special weapons and tactics (SWAT) team served two warrants around 6:30 a.m. — one in the first block of Upper Applegate Road and another in the 1800-block.
“We received a few calls because people were concerned about seeing the SWAT team,” said Sergeant Julie Denney. “SWAT was there as a precaution because of the criminal history and wanted status of one of the residents. There was no danger to the public.”
During the 1800-block raid, detectives arrested 41-year-old Joaquin Amadeus Cowart. JCSO said that Cowart had felony warrants for absconding from parole and for a domestic violence incident. Cowart is also a registered sex offender who failed to update his registration, JCSO said.
In a statement, JCSO said that the investigation remains ongoing, and Cowart was arrested on "unrelated warrants." The agency did not say what the ultimate objective of the two searches was supposed to be.
Cowart will be held at the Jackson County Jail without bail due to the State Parole Board warrant, and additional charges are pending for his sex offender non-compliance.
JCSO said that detectives were assisted at the scene by investigators with the Medford Police Department, Oregon State Police, and Southern Oregon High Tech Crimes Task Force.