GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Grants Pass Police have arrested four people in connection with a targeted robbery and attempted kidnapping, according to the agency, with one suspect found in possession of a quarter-pound of fentanyl.
Around 6:30 p.m. on December 26, officers from the Grants Pass Police Department responded to the 200-block of NW Blossom Drive, arriving to find two victims suffering from the effects of bear spray. One of the two victims had also been hit several times by rubber bullets, during what police described as an attempted kidnapping and robbery.
"Due to the seriousness of the crime, Grants Pass Detectives responded to the scene to continue the investigation," GPPD said. "Neither of the victims required hospitalization for their injuries and were not randomly targeted by the suspects."
With the help of Medford Police, officers tracked down the suspects' vehicle in Medford a few days later. After getting a search warrant, Grants Pass detectives worked with the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) team and K-9 "Match" to recover roughly a quarter-pound, or 1,400 pills, containing suspected fentanyl concealed within the vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle, identified as 35-year-old Bruno Chiquete-Reyes of Richmond, California, was arrested and taken to the Josephine County Jail on charges for possession and attempted distribution of a controlled substance.
An investigation into the robbery continued, leading GPPD detectives to identify three main suspects. On January 5, detectives arrested 30-year-old Aliczander McClymonds and 24-year-old Anthony Jolly-Satyna. The next day, with the help of Medford Police, detectives arrested 41-year-old Joel Wurch.
All three suspects were taken to the Josephine County Jail, charged with first-degree robbery, attempted first-degree kidnapping, unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful use of mace.
"The Grants Pass Police Department would like to thank the community, R.A.D.E., and the Medford Police Department for their assistance," the agency said.
Anyone with further information related to this investigation is asked to contact Grants Pass detectives at 541-450-6260 and reference case #21-54740.