Illegal Traffic Stop Suppresses Evidence Against 3 Grants Pass Residents in Rogue River Robbery
Jackson County Judge Lorenzo Mejia has ruled a Jackson County Deputy Sheriff violated the constitutional rights of three Grants Pass Residents accused in the robbing of a medical marijuana grower in Rogue River by making a car stop without probable cause.
The robbery occurred in July of last year at a home on East Evans Creek Road in Rogue River. The sheriff’s report stated the suspects broke into the growers home and forced him to hand over $700 in cash.
The deputy, Jesus Murillo, received the robbery report and made his way toward Rogue River via Meadows Road when he saw the Mitsubishi Galant driving toward his patrol car, decided to follow it and then pulled it over.
The three suspects in the car, identified as William Jack Thomas Sandlin, 23, Joseph Aaron Callas, 29, and Brooke Villa-Staton, 20, all of Grants Pass, were asked to leave the car and placed in handcuffs. One of the passengers gave permission to search the car where a handgun and some cash, matching the denominations taken during the robbery were found.
The judge’s ruling suppresses the evidence retrieved from the car. The Jackson County prosecutor said they would appeal the suppression ruling to the Oregon Attorney General’s office.
A pre-trial conference is scheduled for September 30th.