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Posted on: March 23, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Police Arrest Suspect Following Burglary/Arson at Bethesda Church

March 22, at approximately 7:07 a.m., police responded to Bethesda Lutheran Church on Royal Avenue regarding a burglary, and received information that the suspect fled on foot. While enroute to the location, police then received information that the suspect had returned, and was kicking the front door of the church. When police arrived, the officer attempted to contact the suspect multiple times, and he ran from the officer. The officer told the suspect that he was under arrest, and when the officer attempted to detain the suspect, he resisted. A struggle ensued, and the officer took the suspect into custody with the use of pepper spray. Police received information that the suspect had forced his way into the building from a lower-level window, burnt multiple items in the building, damaged items in the pantry, and left a pair of pants in the bell tower. When an employee arrived, they observed the door to the bell tower propped open, and the suspect Jason Duque, age 29, of Eugene, exit the door in a robe, swearing at the employee. The suspect then walked westbound on Royal and returned a short time later, and was kicking at the front door of the church asking for his pants. Duque was arrested for Arson in the First Degree, Burglary in the Second Degree, Interfering With a Peace Officer, and Resisting Arrest. He was transported to the hospital and later transported to the Lane County Jail.

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