MEDFORD, Ore. — The suspect in a lengthy standoff at Hawthorne Park on Tuesday morning was first brought to the attention of police after trying to intimidate an ex-girlfriend and assaulting a witness, according to a full statement from Medford Police.
MPD officers responded to a motel room at the Rogue Valley Inn shortly before 4:30 a.m. when a woman reported that a man had thrown a rock through her window, showering the woman and her two young children with broken glass. When officers arrived at the scene, the suspect was no longer there.
The woman told police that the suspect was her ex-boyfriend, 22-year-old Shannon Robello.
Officers left the scene after they were unable to find Robello, but a witness later reported that he had returned to the motel just before 6 a.m. — "again breaking more windows with rocks."
"A witness tried to intervene, but the suspect assaulted him by punching him and then kicking him while the victim was on the ground," Medford Police said.
The suspect menaced the victim with a knife before leaving the scene, MPD said. The 57-year-old victim later left and sought medical treatment for his injuries.
MPD officers caught up with the suspect in Hawthorne Park around 6:30 a.m., but reported that he was inside of a fenced-off "compound" for equipment near Bear Creek. The agency said that Robello pulled out a handgun and threatened to kill himself when they approached.
Officers retreated and set up a perimeter around the area, blocking off access to the park and nearby streets.
"All of our patrol officers have attended a 40 hours Crisis Intervention class and are trained to deal with person’s having a mental health crisis," Medford Police said.
Staff from Jackson County Mental Health and crisis negotiators with MPD also came to the scene, reportedly beginning a dialogue with Robello. MPD said that he still refused to put the gun down and surrender.
"Numerous de-escalation tactics were deployed throughout the event as the suspect continued to hold the gun, often times to his head, and was believed to be under the influence of drugs," MPD said. "In spite of the efforts, negotiations were not going in a positive direction, and the suspect was becoming more volatile."
Finally, the suspect set down his gun and walked a short distance away. Just after 11 a.m., officers and a police K9 rushed the area through a hole in the fence, taking Robello into custody before he could pick the gun back up.
"The handgun, as well as a knife were recovered from the scene. The suspect sustained minor injuries from a dog bite," MPD said.
Robello was cited and released to the hospital and was placed on a mental health hold. He faces charges for Menacing, Assault 4, two counts of Criminal Mischief, and Reckless Endangering.
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