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Sheriff: Armed robbery suspect tried to elude deputy on stolen motorcycle

37-year-old Tristan Frank-Vidales was booked into the Josephine County Jail on numerous charges.

Posted: Oct 24, 2019 11:34 AM

SELMA, Ore. — A wanted armed robbery suspect is now in custody after trying to flee from deputies on a stolen motorcycle, according to the Josephine County Sheriff's Office.

Just after 4 p.m. on Wednesday, a Sheriff's Office deputy tried to pull over a motorcycle rider along Redwood Highway near Wonder. The rider immediately tried to speed away, heading southbound along Hwy 199.

Near Slate Creek Road, the rider made a sudden U-turn and began heading northbound on Hwy 199 "at a high rate of speed," the Sheriff's Office said. After about two miles, the rider made yet another U-turn and began heading southbound again.

"During the pursuit, it was determined that the motorcycle involved had been stolen from Kerby," the Sheriff's Office said. "Additional information became available suggesting that the operator of the motorcycle may have been Tristan Frank-Vidales."

37-year-old Tristan Anthony Frank-Vidales had a felony warrant for his arrest on armed robbery and assault charges.

Frank-Vidales reportedly kept heading south into Selma, then turned east onto Lakeshore Drive. In the 1900-block of Lakeshore he lost control and crashed.

Deputies immediately took the suspect into custody and positively identified him as Frank-Vidales, the Sheriff's Office said. He was reportedly found with a gun and about 20 grams of "suspected methamphetamine."

Frank-Vidales refused medical treatment at the scene and was taken to the Josephine County Jail. He faces charges for felony Attempt to Elude, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. He also faces two counts of Robbery I with a Firearm, Assault II with a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle and Unlawful Use of a Firearm for the felony warrant.

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