Medford man accused of drive-by shootings while under the influence

A statement from Medford Police describes a teenager under the influence of alcohol and Xanax shooting at a man on a bicycle and at road signs, striking two parked cars early Tuesday morning.

Posted: Sep 18, 2019 11:08 PM
Updated: Sep 19, 2019 4:18 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- A statement from a Medford Police officer said that a teenager was under the influence of alcohol and Xanax when he shot at a man on a bicycle and shot at Medford road signs, striking two parked cars early Tuesday morning.

The probable cause statement said that 18-year-old Isiah Thomas Higuera confessed to not clearly remembering what happened but showed an officer a cell phone video of him performing the drive-by.

According to the affidavit, a Medford Police officer responded to a report of shots fired just before 5:45 in the morning. A 55-year-old man was riding his bicycle on Dakota Avenue to work. He reported a white BMW making a loud noise had pulled up next to him and that the driver shot at him. The bullet did not hit the bicyclist and he was not hurt.

The officer found a silver BMW parked in the parking lot of the Oakdale Minute Market about 10 minutes later. Higuera was standing outside of the car and was intoxicated, the officer said. Higuera had a Walther P-22 .22 caliber pistol under his sweatshirt in his back pants pocket. That officer saw three spent .22 caliber shell casings and a live .22 caliber round in the front seat of the car.

The 55-year-old man went to the Oakdale Minute Market and identified that BMW as the one that drove passed him and fired a shot in his direction.

Another officer later spoke with Higuera. The officer said that Heguera admitted to shooting his pistol in the same direction of the 55-year-old man in order to scare him. He also admitted to buying the gun earlier in the week and was intoxicated the night of the shootings. The officer said in the affidavit that he fired the gun from his friend's car around Blackwell Road as well. The officer said Higuera also showed him a cell phone video of him shooting a gun from a moving car.

That same police officer said in court documents that Higuera gave him permission to search his car. The officer found six spent shell casings and four live rounds. That's when Higuera told officers "he was under the influence of Xanax and alcohol" and "does not clearly remember what happened." The officer said Higuera told him he remembered shooting in the direction of the man on his bicycle to scare him and shooting at road signs. He confessed he was the only person in the car and the only person shooting the gun.

Court documents explain a 66-year-old woman later reported her driver's side door was shot by someone on West 10th Street. The officer said he found a bullet on the ground where the car was park. The bullet was found less than two blocks away from where Higuera lives. It was consistent with the same kind Higuera was accused of shooting.

Court documents continue detailing a 56-year-old man reported his rear driver's side door was shot when it was also parked on West 10th Street. The officer found the bullet inside the door. It was once again consistent with the same kind Higuera was accused of shooting and found less than two blocks away from where he lives.

The estimated damage each car received comes out to $1,000.

The officer said Higuera told him he didn't remember shooting any cars, but "it was possible he did and he was too intoxicated to remember."

Higuera faces multiple charges including attemped assault in the 1st degree, unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, and criminal mischief.

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