Jun 052012

Justin Wood – in custody

Accused accomplice Justin Wood, who allegedly took part in the severe beating of a Yachats man on May 10th, and who, it’s believed, escaped out the back door of a home up Ten Mile Road Thursday night when confronted by SWAT, was spotted by a U.S. Forest Service worker driving Forest Service Road 55 near Yachats. The Forest Service worker then arranged for a Lincoln County deputy sheriff to take Wood into custody in Yachats. Sheriff’s officials report he surrendered without incident.

Authorities say Wood, friend Matthew Hubeny and Hubeny’s mother, Julie Anne Hubeny, assaulted a 46 year old man in Yachats on May 10th, pointed a gun at him and beat him so badly he was rushed to the hospital. Later, a warrant was issued for the arrest of all three for the assault. Authorities found Julie Anne Hubeny at home and later booked her in the Lincoln County Jail. Then last Thursday night, deputies got a tip that Matthew Hubeny, Justin Wood and another “person of interest” had gathered at a home seven miles up Ten Mile Road, just across and into Lane County.

Due to the violent behavior of both Hubeny and Wood, Oregon State SWAT was dispatched to the site where the suspects were believed “hangin’ out.”

According to an OSP news release, several OSP SWAT members were confronted outside the home by a man with a rifle. Eventually, the man with the rifle, Sam Mullane, 18 of Yachats, was shot and killed by SWAT membes. Wood ran out the back of the house, disappeared into the woods. Meanwhile Hubeny, who was in the house, was arrested on a warrant charging him with Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Pointing a Firearm at Another and Menacing.

When deputies delivered Wood to the Lincoln County Jail they booked him for Assault, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Criminal Mischief, Menacing and Theft. Wood’s bail was set at $300,000.

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