No crime occurred in reported White City hostage situation, Sheriff's Office says

A man posted on the Jackson County Scanner page that he needed help, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Posted: Jan 21, 2020 1:20 PM
Updated: Jan 23, 2020 4:00 PM

WHITE CITY, Ore. -- The investigation into a reported hostage situation that was posted on the 'Jackson County Scanner' Facebook group found no evidence that a crime occurred, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Shortly after 1 a.m. on Tuesday, someone called dispatch to report a post on the Scanner page. A 49-year-old man posted that he was "being held hostage" at his home and needed help. He gave an address in the 2500-block of Carr Street in White City.

Deputies arrived at the reported address and quickly surrounded the house.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the homeowner was able to open the door and yell for help. Deputies went into the house and detained four people. 

Deputies ultimately arrested three people. 25-year-old Hector Orozco, 29-year-old Martin Rodriguez Banuelos, and 22-year-old James Powers were booked into the Jackson County Jail on Tuesday. They were all arrested based on previous warrants and parole violations.

The Sheriff's Office said that a 59-year-old woman was released at the scene.

Despite the three arrests, the Sheriff's Office later concluded — following an investigation into the incident — that there was "no probable cause to believe a crime occurred" related to the reported hostage situation. The agency did not provide any further information on the case or how investigators reached that conclusion.

While searching the house, deputies say that they found a stolen gun. That part of the case will remain under investigation, according to the Sheriff's Office.

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