At around 5:30 p.m. a Eugene woman in the 1400 block of High Street called to report a man tried to steal her vehicle keys from her. She reported she had a front door open to her daughter’s residence and spotted a man, later identified as James Eugene Jones, age 52, standing at the doorway. He wanted her vehicle keys and she refused. Jones is reported to have become agitated and then when the victim tried to shut the door, he prevented this and got his foot over the threshold. There was a struggle over the door. The victim was able to get it closed and locked and then called police. Shortly thereafter, Central Lane 911 received a report from a residence nearby, where a vehicle had been stolen at knifepoint (300 block of E. 15th Avenue).
Eugene Police officers arrived to the E. 15th Avenue address and they found that a Eugene man had parked his Subaru Outback behind his residence and then been robbed of the Subaru at knifepoint by a man, later identified as Jones.
A Eugene Police Property and Financial Crimes detective found the Subaru in the area of E. 11th Avenue and Willamette Street. Jones, had gotten out and was leaving on foot. Multiple officers converged on scene. Jones was not compliant with commands and was taken into custody with the assistance of diversion by members of EPD SWAT. Jones was transported to Lane County Jail on charges of Robbery in the First Degree, Unlawful Use Vehicle, Unlawful Use of Weapon, and Menacing in association with case 22-08667, Burglary in the First Degree in association with case 22-8671.
EPD Case #22-08671, 22-08667