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Wanted Fugitive Arrested Following Assault in Cave Junction

October 30, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

Photograph link valid at least 30 days - Source: Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers arrested a wanted fugitive Tuesday following an investigation into an assault in Cave Junction. The suspect arrested originally provided a false name but was later identified through fingerprints as a fugitive wanted on warrants out of Colorado, Nevada, and US Marshals Service.

On October 29, 2013 at approximately 12:43 a.m., OSP troopers responded to a reported disturbance and assault in Cave Junction. Troopers and local emergency responders arrived at the Junction Inn motel and found a 36-year old male with stabbing cuts on his forearms received while defending himself from an assault.

Information provided by the victim and witnesses identified a male suspect in the area who troopers took into custody and transported to the Josephine County Jail. Corrections deputies positively identified the suspect through fingerprints checked in AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) as JEFFREY JORDAN MATHES, age 37. MATHES was wanted by US Marshals for drug-related crimes, and Parole Violation warrants out of Colorado and Nevada.

MATHES is being held in custody on the following charges:

* Fugitive From Justice
* Assault in the Second Degree
* Menacing
* Disorderly Conduct

Additional charges are pending.

The victim was treated for his injuries.


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