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UPDATE: Suspects Identified in Marijuana-Related Armed Robbery

Two suspects are in custody following an armed robbery in Ashland yesterday. Police say the suspects stole 37 lbs. of marijuana.

Posted: May 17, 2018 6:39 PM
Updated: May 18, 2018 5:06 PM

UPDATE: The Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) has released more details about a marijuana-related robbery that started in Ashland yesterday.

The two suspects have been identified as Jelani Johnson and Orlando Rickman—both 27-year-old and from Washington, D.C. Both have been lodged in the Jackson County Jail on charges of First Degree Robbery.

Dispatch received a call after 5 p.m. on Thursday, with the caller reporting an armed robbery in the 1200-block of North Mountain Avenue in Ashland. The victims reported being robbed at gunpoint by three suspects, who stole marijuana and then fled in two vehicles. No one was hurt in the incident.

Police were able to spot one of the vehicles—a Toyota Highlander—driving north on Interstate 5, and an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper stopped the vehicle at a Chevron station near Exit 33 in Central Point. JCSO deputies and officers from other agencies all responded to the scene as well.

Johnson and Rickman were arrested without evidence—and upon searching the vehicle, detectives found 37 pounds of marijuana and other evidence of the robbery.

Police are still investigating to locate the possible third suspect who was reported to be in a second vehicle. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Detective Jason Penn at (541) 774-6800, reference case #18-9829.



CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Two suspects are in custody following an armed robbery.
Deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office say they received a report of an armed robbery near Eagle Mill and Oak Street in Ashland at 5:15pm.
They were told two suspects, armed with rifles, stole several pounds of marijuana and a cell phone.
Those suspects then left the scene in a white Toyota Highlander.
OSP had a description of the suspects and their vehicle shortly after the armed robbery thanks to quick communication by dispatch.
OSP was able to intervene and arrest the suspects in the parking lot of the Chevron in Central Point without incident. 
The suspects were taken into custody at 5:30pm, just 15 minutes after the report of the armed robbery was made.
Deputies say its unclear at this time if the location of the armed robbery was at a residence. Several agencies assisted, including Oregon State Police, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Central Point Police, Ashland Police, and Phoenix Police.

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