A suspect involved in an armed carjacking in Cottage Grove has been taken into custody in Eugene.
On Aug. 26 at approximately 4:50 p.m., a silver 2009 Toyota Matrix was stolen at gunpoint from an address on E Chadwick Avenue in Cottage Grove.
The Cottage Grove Police Department subsequently posted a surveillance video of the incident on social media, advising the public to avoid the vehicle.
At about 9:45 p.m. later that day, Lane County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the report of a carjacking that had just occurred in the parking lot of a business located in the 86000 block of Franklin Boulevard in Eugene.
Employees reported that a male, later identified as 52-year-old Mitchel Vincent Orlando, arrived at the location and started looking into parked vehicles.
An employee confronted Orlando, at which time Orlando produced a handgun and pointed it at the employee. Orlando demanded the employee’s vehicle and sped away in it.
Area residents reported moments later that Orlando had parked the stolen truck and departed on foot.
Lane County Sheriff’s Deputies along with Oregon State Police Troopers and Eugene Police Officers responded to the area and began searching for Orlando. He was located hiding in some brush still in possession of the involved firearm. He was taken into custody with the assistance of a Police K9.
Orlando was also linked to the armed carjacking that occurred earlier in Cottage Grove. The vehicle stolen in that incident was located by deputies close by.
Orlando was lodged at the Lane County Jail on charges including 1st Degree Robbery, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Use of a Vehicle, Unlawful Entry into a Vehicle and Menacing.
Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to contact the Lane County Sheriff’s Office at 541-682-4261 opt. 1. The case number is 21-4825.
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