Springfield Police make arrest after string of robberies
On October 10th around 7:50 pm, Springfield Police Officers were dispatched to a robbery at the Dari Mart located at 1191 Harlow Road. The suspect description provided by the victim was recognized as similar to that of the suspect in a robbery that occurred the night before at the Dari Mart at 456 Harlow Road.
While officers were responding, information was obtained that the suspect had robbed an area fast food restaurant and was reportedly armed with at least a knife. While officers continued their investigation the suspect was observed entering the Menchies Yogurt Shop at 2820 Gateway Street.
Officers responded to Menchies where they located the suspect, who was later identified as Joshua Medrano (27 years old). Medrano was given multiple orders to surrender. He failed to comply with them. Medrano was warned that should he continue to disobey lawful commands a taser may be used against him. When Medrano still refused to follow officer’s commands a taser was deployed and Medrano was taken into custody. Once in handcuffs, a loaded semiautomatic pistol with an extended 33 round magazine was found in Medrano’s possession.
Springfield Police Detectives were contacted and responded to assist.
Medrano was lodged at the Lane County Jail for one count of Robbery in the Second Degree and three counts of Attempt to Commit a Crime – 2.
Additional follow-up is being conducted and additional charges may be forthcoming.