Home invasion suspect arrested following hours-long standoff in Medford

Detectives with the Medford Police Department arrested 35-year-old Aynsley Hand after a tense five-hour standoff.

Posted: Oct 2, 2020 3:16 PM
Updated: Oct 2, 2020 3:20 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford Police Department released more details on Friday after an hours-long standoff the night prior that ended with the arrest of a suspect in multiple home invasion robberies.

According to the agency, someone living in the 2500-block of Ashwood Court reported on September 27 that a man, later identified as 35-year-old Aynsley Hand, came into her home around 5 a.m. Armed with a gun, Hand allegedly ordered the victim to get down on the ground — demanding either drugs or money, and threatening to "kill the victim and everyone in the house."

"Hand physically assaulted the victim and stole several items from the home prior to leaving," Medford Police said.

Detectives investigating the Ashwood Court robbery found two additional robberies that implicated Hand as the suspect. One occurred on September 23, when Hand reportedly came to a home in the 600-block of Beatty Street, again armed with a gun, and threatened the residents, demanding the keys to their car.

Medford Police said that the third robbery, this one in Ashland, remains under investigation.

Around 5 p.m. on Thursday, MPD detectives tracked Hand to his apartment complex in the 2000-block of Brookhurst Street. Hand reportedly ran inside and barricaded himself in the apartment.

"Due to his violent crimes and believing him to be armed with multiple handguns, MPD SWAT along with trained Crisis Negotiators responded to the scene," Medford Police said. "Throughout the stand-off officers, observed Hand inside the residence armed with a handgun and at times holding the gun to his head."

Negotiators worked to reach Hand on the phone, while calling out over a PA system. Though officers placed a phone on Hand's back patio, MPD said that "communication was never established."

Ultimately, the SWAT team began pouring tear gas into the apartment's windows before using a small explosive device to blow open the front door and gain "visual access" to the apartment.

Around 10:30 p.m. that night, MPD said that Hand surrendered to officers at the scene.

Hand was originally booked into jail on an unrelated warrant, MPD said. After further investigation, Hand was charged on Friday with three counts of Robbery II, two counts of Burglary I, and one count each of Kidnap II, Assault IV, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. His initial bail has been set at $450,000.

Detectives searching Hand's apartment found two weapons that police suspect were used in the Ashwood and Beatty robberies.

Though MPD said that no one was injured during the standoff, a 13-year-old at the scene suffered a seizure while speaking with detectives. They were taken to the hospital for treatment after a Mercy Flights ambulance arrived.

"The Medford Police Department would like to thank all of the residents on Brookhurst who were affected by this incident," the agency said. "Your cooperation in vacating your home for safety reasons, allowing us into your homes, and supporting our efforts was greatly appreciated."

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