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A thoroughly violent theft of a car near Otis – Guns and Fighting among 4 to 6 persons.


From Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office

On March 30th at approximately 7:40 PM the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a fight in progress near the 1400 block of North Bank Rd in Otis. The caller, who was not involved in the fight, reported 4-6 subjects fighting on the side of the road. The caller reported that there appeared to be two silver colored vehicles associated with the fight. The caller heard someone yelling “call the cops”.

Sgt. Karl Vertner was on patrol less than a mile from the location at the time of the reported incident. Upon his arrival, he determined both silver vehicles had left the scene. Sgt. Vertner contacted the group of three young adults. The group reported they had been robbed of their silver Toyota Camry at gunpoint. The group reported the suspects fled the scene eastbound on North Bank Rd. The victims reported that there were four suspects in total. Two of the suspects forced them out of their vehicle at gunpoint.

Sgt. Vertner broadcasted an Attempt To Locate for the silver Toyota Camry and a silver Dodge Challenger.

Later on law enforcement officers learned both parties were acquainted, and this was not a random act.

At approximately 8:02 PM Officers with the Lincoln City Police Department located the stolen Toyota Camry traveling on SW Bard Road in Lincoln City. Officers conducted a high risk traffic stop of the vehicle and apprehended Nicholas Allen Wright age 30 of Otis. Inside the vehicle officers located a loaded .22 caliber rifle. This rifle matched the description of the gun used in the crime.

On March 31, at approximately 3:41 PM Deputy Dowty with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office located the other suspect vehicle traveling southbound on Hwy 101 near Cape Foulweather. Deputy Dowty conducted a high risk traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver, Ruben Zamudio Jr. age 30 of Newport was taken into custody for his role in the robbery.

On April 1, at approximately 9:30 PM Deputies with the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Grand Ronde Tribal Police, located and apprehended the third outstanding suspect, Kimmia Kay Whittlinger, age 26 of Lincoln City. She was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where she was charged with robbery.

Nicholas Allen Wright is currently lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on Robbery and related Weapon charges.

Ruben Zamudio Jr. is currently lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on Robbery charges.

The fourth outstanding suspect, Jacob Leeland Lunstedt, age 27, should be considered armed and dangerous. If anyone has any information regarding Jacob Lunstedt’s whereabouts, please call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 541-265-4277.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Lincoln City Police Department, Oregon State Police, Grand Ronde Tribal Police, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office and the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office.

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