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Police: Five, including wanted fugitive, arrested in Medford raid

MADGE detectives followed up on a man who fled from a traffic stop and avoided search efforts last month.

Posted: Jan 10, 2020 3:13 PM
Updated: Jan 10, 2020 3:22 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Detectives trying to track down a man wanted after allegedly fleeing from a traffic stop last month arrested five people during a sting at Medford home on Friday.

Medford Police identified 33-year-old John David Lewis in December after they said he ran away from a traffic stop, abandoning a stolen car. At the time, MPD said that Lewis was "armed and dangerous" due to a missing handgun that was reported stolen along with the vehicle.

Though Lewis reportedly escaped the scene on December 12, detectives continued to follow up on the case — eventually tracking him to a house in the first block of Lewis Avenue.

Just before 8 a.m. on Friday, detectives with Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement (MADGE) served a search warrant at the house, arresting Lewis without incident. During the raid, police arrested four other people for a number of outstanding warrants.

Lewis was booked on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, both felony and misdemeanor elude charges, and two existing warrants.

Police arrested 20-year-old Nathan Smith on a probation violation for meth. 43-year-old Melissa Yeoman was arrested on a probation violation for heroin. 37-year-old Ted Jenson was arrested on a parole violation.

Medford Police said that the resident of the home, 30-year-old Tera Atchley, faces charges for hindering prosecution.

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