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Multi-state crime spree ends in gunfire, high speed chase and two men in custody

Matthew Fanelli, 30, New Mexico
Shooting spree along I-5,
In custody


Jose Lopez-Jovel, 31,
El Salvador, wanted in Utah
Fanelli’s partner in crime spree

Bullet hole in passing car during chase.
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Saturday evening law enforcement personnel were called to the Red Robin Restaurant in Roseburg on the report of an attempted carjacking. Authorities say the suspect or suspects were not able to steal the vehicle and one suspect fled in their original vehicle leaving his accomplice behind. He was arrested. He is Jose Lopez-Jovel (31) from El Salvador. He has been lodged at the Douglas County Jail on warrants of fugitive from Utah.

Law Enforcement located the suspect vehicle. It took off at high speed and headed southbound on I-5. During the pursuit, the suspect shot a firearm several times and struck a Commercial Motor Vehicle, a passenger car, striking the occupied child seat inside and an Oregon State Police patrol car disabling it.

The pursuit continued south into Josephine County were law enforcement lost sight of the suspect. The suspect tried to carjack another vehicle near a residence on Pickett Creek Rd. The suspect accosted a male and female couple as they were arriving home. The suspect tried to steal their car. They resisted and the male victim was shot and the female was assaulted, but he was not able to steal their car.

Law Enforcement again located the suspect vehicle and the driver again attempted to elude. The vehicle became disabled and the suspect was taken into custody.

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He identified as Matthew Anthony Fanelli, 30, of New Mexico. He has been lodged in the Josephine County Jail on multiple charges.

OSP and partner Oregon law enforcement agencies soon discovered the two suspects were associated with a multi-state crime spree of violent criminal activity. The related criminal conduct appears to involve one or more persons of interest, so Oregon law enforcement is working with out-of-state and federal partners.

As a matter of precaution, citizens along the route of the vehicle chase and associated crime scenes should be vigilant of their surrounding area, hitchhikers, and securing of their property. Additionally, motorists traveling Interstate 5 during the vehicle pursuit, are requested to check their vehicles for evidence of firearm damage.

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Anyone with any more information is asked to call the Oregon State Police Dispatch at 1-800-442-2068 and leave a request for contact from detectives working the case.

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