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Update #2 - Third Suspect Arrested Related to Grant County Halloween Night Assault, Burglary, Attempted Robbery
Todd McKinley, Undersheriff
Grant County Sheriff's Office
Phone: (541) 575-1132

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Grant County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of a third suspect in connection to an ongoing investigation into a Halloween night attempted burglary and assault of an award winning medical marijuana provider in the Long Creek area of Grant County.
According to Grant County Undersheriff Todd McKinley, a third suspect identified as DANNY BRUCE EVANS, age 53, from Vancouver, Washington, was arrested November 4th in Vancouver and lodged in Clark County Jail for probation violation. EVANS, who previously lived in the Pendleton area and is acquainted with the two other suspects, had an additional charge of being a Fugitive From Justice added on November 6th when he was served with a Grant County warrant for Robbery in the First Degree and Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Robbery in the First Degree. EVANS is believed to allegedly be a conspirator with the two other suspects in a crime Undersheriff McKinley described as "not random" because the suspects specifically targeted the victim's residence.
In another investigative development, Oregon State Police (OSP) detectives served a search warrant November 6th on a vehicle in the Pendleton area where they recovered a gun believed to be used during the crime.
Two other suspects remain in custody. BOBBY LEE RUSTON, age 31, from Pendleton, was a person of interest in the case and remained at large until he was arrested by Walla Walla Police Department the evening of November 1st. A tip led police to a private residence were he was arrested without incident. RUSTON, who had outstanding warrants and was believed to be armed and dangerous, had suffered a gunshot wound to his right hand. He is currently lodged at a Walla Walla area jail.
The second suspect, LANCE SANCHEZ, age 28, from Milton Freewater, was arrested the night of the crime when he attempted to run from an OSP traffic stop near Pilot Rock. SANCHEZ is in custody in the Umatilla County Jail.

The investigation centers on a Halloween evening incident during which a 53-year old Long Creek resident was the victim of two masked subjects who the homeowner initially believed to be pulling a Halloween prank. The situation became serious when one of the masked individuals displayed a handgun and told the victim he was willing to use it. Investigators believe the suspects' motive was to steal medical marijuana from the victim's residence.

A scuffle ensued between the male victim and the suspect with the firearm, resulting in the handgun discharging. Neither the victim nor any of the other persons present in the residence were struck. The victim was hit repeatedly by the second suspect before both suspects fled the scene.

Grant County Sheriff Deputies, Oregon State Police and John Day Police Officers responded to the initial Long Creek incident.