November 5, 2013
An Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper from the Bend Area Command office will be among several law enforcement officers honored Friday by the Oregon Peace Officers Association (OPOA) in recognition for his actions related to an April 2013 traffic stop that led to the safe discovery of an elderly kidnap victim and arrest of the suspect. The Oregon Peace Officers Association holds the annual awards banquet to honor the men and women of Oregon's law enforcement community who have distinguished themselves through bravery, heroism, and exemplary service to the public.
The OPOA is holding the organization’s annual Awards Banquet November 8, 2013 at Spirit Mountain Casino and announced the presentation of special awards to several individuals. One of the awards, the “Distinguished Service Award”, will be presented to 12 individuals, including OSP Trooper Josh Nagle. The “Distinguished Service Award” is presented to any Criminal Justice Employee for exceptional accomplishments for which that individual distinguished themself while performing highly creditable or unusual actions.
On the night of April 24, 2013, Trooper Nagle stopped a sport utility vehicle on Highway 126E near the intersection with Highway 97 for driving without headlights on. While in contact with the driver, Nagle became suspicious after determining the vehicle was "borrowed" and seeing numerous firearms and other items inside the vehicle. Nagle detained the 20-year old driver after finding a handgun under the front seat.
Taking it a step further, Nagle contacted Crook County dispatch and asked an officer contact the vehicle's registered owner for a welfare check. A Prineville police officer and Crook County deputy went to the residence and knocked on the door. After getting no response, they continued checking and saw through a kitchen window a man tied to a kitchen chair. The officers entered the home and untied the 73-year old man who was the vehicle's owner.
The officers noticed the man's hands were swollen and bleeding from the ligatures. He was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment. The attending ER physician told officers if the elderly man hadn't been discovered, his hands most likely would have to be amputated if the ligatures were left on much longer.
The suspect was arrested on several charges including Robbery in the First Degree, Kidnap in the First Degree, Burglary in the First Degree, and Assault in the Second Degree.
Trooper Nagle, age 41, has worked for OSP for nearly 5 years and is assigned in the Patrol Services Division at the Bend Area Command office.