On December 2, 2019 at about 10:53 AM Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a reported armed robbery at the Rose Lodge Market in Otis, Oregon. The initial reports indicated that a male suspect had attempted to steal several packs of batteries from the store. When the clerk confronted the male regarding the batteries, the male menaced the clerk with what was described as a black handgun. The male suspect then fled the area eastbound on Highway 18 in a vehicle. A Sergeant from Grand Ronde Tribal Police spotted the vehicle traveling east on Highway 18 near Grand Ronde. Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist, along with Troopers from the Oregon State Police. The vehicle was located parked in front of a residence in Grand Ronde a short time later and the male suspect was detained.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Grand Ronde to continue the investigation. The weapon was located and it was determined to be a black pellet gun that closely resembled a semi-automatic handgun.
At the conclusion of the investigation, it was determined that the male had removed the batteries from his pocket prior to leaving the store and hid them in another part of the store.
The male suspect was identified as 41 year old Jared R. May of Otis. May was taken into custody and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail for Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Menacing. His bail is set at $65,000.