Wilderville, OR — On July 10th, at 8:18 a.m., a burglary victim spotted 24-year-old suspect Michael Carrero fleeing from his residence, where a shed and vehicle had just been broken into.
The victim and neighbors followed Carrero until he disappeared, out of sight, into a nearby creek. Two other neighbors in the area had been recently burglarized as well.
Deputies Jon Holder and Ed Vincent with Reserve Deputy Michael Holguin pursued Carrero on foot and attempted to access the creek.
Community members assisted by watching the creek area and notifying deputies of any activity. They were an invaluable resource as they provided updates on the suspect's whereabouts.
At about 9:15 a.m., K9 Deputy Jeff Iles arrived on-scene with his K9 Marco, a 5-year-old malinois. By 9:40 a.m., Marco had tracked Carrero to his hiding spot in the blackberry bushes.
Deputy Iles told Carrero to show himself or he would release the K9. Carrero repeatedly refused to follow orders.
Deputies were uncertain whether Carrero was armed, but were aware from experience that burglars often do carry a weapon. Deputy Iles was able to see Carrero ducking behind the bushes and ordered him to show his hands or the K9 would be released.
Carrero failed to comply with orders and Marco was released. Carrero was bitten, treated for his wounds, and taken into custody on the charges listed above.
This arrest was a prime example of how community members and law enforcement can work together to keep their neighborhoods safe. Victims and neighbors truly were the eyes and ears who helped make this apprehension possible.
As of this date, nearly all property has been recovered and returned to the three victims.
The K9 Unit is completely funded by donations from sponsors such as Canidae® Pet Foods, Jackson County 4H and Calvary Lutheran Church in Grants Pass. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, please make your check payable to the Josephine County Sheriff's Office and write "K9" in the "For" section. Checks may be mailed or dropped off at 601 NW 5th St, Grants Pass, OR 97526.
If you see something or someone suspicious in your neighborhood, contact the Sheriff's Office by calling 541-474-5123 and selecting option "5." For emergencies or crimes in progress, dial 911.