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Sheriff: Illinois Valley break-in, assault suspect held at gunpoint by neighbors

Deputies received reports of an assault and shots fired in the 700-block of Caves Highway just after midnight. Upon arrival, the deputies found 31-year-old Justin Thurman being held at gunpoint by several neighbors.

Posted: Sep 29, 2021 2:48 PM
Updated: Sep 29, 2021 2:52 PM

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — A man who broke into a woman's home and attacked her in front of her child late Tuesday night was detained and held at gunpoint by neighbors until deputies arrived, according to the Josephine County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies received reports of an assault and shots fired in the 700-block of Caves Highway just after midnight. Upon arrival, the deputies found 31-year-old Justin Thurman being held at gunpoint by several neighbors.

According to the Sheriff's Office investigation, Thurman forced his way into a home in along Caves Highway. Once inside, he assaulted a woman in front of her child, stole property from her home, then tried to get away in a pickup truck.

While the man was driving off through the yard, he reportedly hit a parked car, smashed into a children's play structure, then crashed into another house on the property and damaged it.

As Thurman continued trying to get away, the Sheriff's Office said that a neighbor confronted him with a gun and shot out the tires on his truck to disable it. A group of neighbors then forced him out of the pickup and held him at gunpoint until deputies arrived.

The Sheriff's Office said that Thurman, who knew the female victim, was arrested and taken to the Josephine County Jail on two counts of Burglary I and single counts of Attempted Assault IV, Attempted Assault III, Criminal Mischief I, Criminal Mischief II, Criminal Mischief II, DUII, Reckless Endangerment, and Reckless Driving.

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