Sheriff: K-9 helps trooper take down 'extremely violent' wanted Curry County man

Law enforcement in Coos County found Joel C. Jones III near North Bend after Curry County authorities warned them.

Posted: Oct 18, 2019 3:30 PM
Updated: Oct 18, 2019 4:02 PM

NORTH BEND, Ore. — Multiple law enforcement agencies converged near North Bend on Tuesday to take down an "extremely violent" wanted man out of Curry County, according to the Coos County Sheriff's Office.

On April 20, the Coos County Sheriff's Office said it got word from authorities in Curry County about a wanted man who was trying to get a gun. They identified him as 31-year-old Joel C. Jones III.

"Curry County further advised Mr. Jones was extremely violent and would actively resist any Law Enforcement attempt to take him into custody," the Sheriff's Office said.

Over the next few months, deputies and other law enforcement officers followed tips and checked locations where Jones was reportedly hiding, but he never surfaced.

Aound 3:30 p.m. on October 15, a Parole and Probation officer spotted Jones outside of their North Bend office near Maple Leaf Street and Oak Street. But when the officer tried to arrest Jones the two came to blows — Jones fought his way free and ran away toward the Airport Heights residential area.

Officers soon set up a perimeter around several blocks and brought in the Sheriff's Office K-9 "Odin" to track Jones down.

"K-9 Odin and his handler arrived on scene and tracked for approximately 2 hours," the Coos County Sheriff's Office said. "During this time K-9 Odin located Mr. Jones’ underwear and narrowed down the search area substantially."

Jones kept moving to evade capture, the Sheriff's Office said. The agency requested a helicopter from the U.S. Coast Guard to help in the search. Officers found out that Jones had hidden out in a garage on Oak Street — but he ran away through neighboring yards when authorities closed in.

"During this time, police received several 911 calls stating they observed the suspect, one individual actually stated the suspect now no longer was wearing a shirt," the Sheriff's Office said.

Finally, K-9 Odin reportedly found Jones "hiding in a hole on the side of a sand hill" with a piece of plywood over the top. When Odin closed in, the Sheriff's Office said that Jones hit him several times in the head and managed to break free.

Jones and a state trooper began grappling at the bottom of the sand embakment until Odin rejoined the fray, allowing Jones to be taken into custody.

Jones faces several outstanding arrest warrants, as well as new charges for Burglary II, Interfere With a Public Safety Animal, Resisting Arrest, Escape II, Escape III, and several counts of Criminal Trespass.

This arrest marked Odin's 90th capture, the Coos County Sheriff's Office said.

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