Both the suspect and the vehicle involved in an armed carjacking in Cottage Grove have been found, according to authorities.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) has announced that 22-year-old Travis Scott Rich, a Cottage Grove area resident, had been apprehended and would be lodged at the Lane County Jail on charges including but not limited to Robbery in the 1st Degree and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.
LSCO had been searching for a suspect in a carjacking incident that occurred overnight in the 77000 block of Mosby Creek Road.
Just before midnight on Thursday (Nov. 11), a citizen reported that he went to check on the occupant of a crashed vehicle.
The driver of the crashed vehicle reportedly pointed a black gun at the citizen and stole the citizen’s blue 2005 Dodge Dakota pickup. The stolen truck was last seen traveling southeast from the crash scene in the direction of Blue Mountain School Rd.
Deputies and officers from the Cottage Grove Police Department quickly saturated the area but were unable to locate the suspect or stolen vehicle.
The suspect was described as a white male adult in his twenties with a thin build standing approximately 5’08”. The suspect was considered armed and dangerous.
On Nov. 12 around 3 p.m., the stolen vehicle had been located and investigators continued working to identify the suspect. By 4:36 p.m. that day, LCSO reported that Rich had been identified and taken into custody.
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