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Posted on: August 4, 2015

[ARCHIVED] EPD on the Beat - August 2015

On August 15, at 12:14 a.m., one of our officers stopped a Eugene man, later identified as Jesse James Garza, age 29, at W. 11th Avenue and Chambers Street, as he was riding his bike the wrong way in the bike lane. The bicyclist pulled into the parking lot of papas Pizza. Garza was acting nervous and he was initially holding a golf club. The officer told him to put the club down and he did. Garza, who had a warrant, was agitated. The officer asked him to sit on the curb. He sat down, but then stood back up. The officer had to tell him multiple times to sit down. Before the officer could call for a cover unit, Garzo took off on foot. Another officer caught up with him and put him on the ground. Garza struggled with the officer and the officer’s emergency button was activated. Assisting officers arrived in an expedited response and assisted in taking Garza into custody. Garza’s backpack contained Methamphetamine, a make shift weapon made from an altered golf club, and a large knife. He was arrested on his warrants, as well as for Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Resisting Arrest and Interfering. Case number 15-13858


On August 15 at 4:11 in the morning, a, 84-year-old man called 9-1-1 after he awoke to find an unknown male crouching down next to his bed. The suspect, later identified as Eric Michael Borchman, age 29 ,of Myrtle Point, jumped up and fled east bound on foot from the home, which is in the 1400 block of W. 12th. Responding officers set up a good perimeter and requested assistance from Springfield Police K-9. The K-9 tracked the suspect to W. 12th Avenue and Almaden, where the suspect was discovered hiding under a truck. The SPD K-9 helped take the resisting suspect into custody. The K-9 retraced the route and located the stolen property discarded along the tracking path. And some items were recovered from underneath the suspect. The victim a veteran, received back some property that he had used while in the Navy in WWII. The suspect was treated at a hospital for a bite and then taken to Jail. UDH for his puncture wounds. Case number 15-13868

On August 6, at 6:36 a.m., an officer was called to 7-Elevent at 951 W. 6th Avenue after reports of a possibly robbery and stabbing. While enroute, the officer heard dispatch advise the suspect was being held on the ground by another individual. The suspect, Robert Anthony Hugillsmith, age 18, no address, was detained by arriving officers. It was determined that Hugillsmith had warrants. When police spoke with the victim in the matter, they found that Hugillsmith did not commit a robbery, but that he trespassed at the location and threatened the 38-year-old employee with a knife when confronted regarding the trespass. Hugillsmith was lodged for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing, Criminal Trespass II, and the two confirmed warrants. Case Number 1513274

On August 4 at 1:14 a.m., police were dispatched to the Black Forest Tavern at 30 E. 11th Ave. CAHOOTS was requesting emergency response by police, as they spotted a male, later identified as Cody Angel Saville, age 37, of Eugene, point a firearm at another male, age 22, in front of the tavern. He is reported to have said he was a volunteer public safety officer, then left the tavern, then come back in with a pack, and left again without it.

Police took Saville into custody as he was crossing Oak Street. Saville appeared intoxicated. He was searched with his consent and there were no weapons found. He was detained while the pack was searched for, but it was not located. He was released until police could investigate further. A firearm was subsequently located by the Black Forest management. Saville has been taken into custody on charges of Carrying Concealed/Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Criminal Impersonation of a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct. Case 1513142

On August 5 at 12:54, an officer stopped a vehicle driving the wrong way, eastbound on W. 6th Avenue. He conducted a DUII investigation and arrested Connor Jon Springer, age 23, of Eugene for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. He was also cited for driving the wrong way. Case 15-13190

August 4, around 3:30 a.m., a police officer on bike attempted to contact a subject for improper lighting near the Washington Jefferson skate park. When the officer announced himself, the subject accelerated north on Washington Street. The officer yelled commands for the subject to stop, but the subject continued to accelerate away from the officer toward Clark Street, however, the suspect was not able to negotiate the turn onto Clark Street, and crashed into the sidewalk on the north side of the street, fell off his bicycle and hit a wooden fence. The suspect then stood up and attempted to run, but was caught by the officer and placed under arrest. During contact with the suspect, Mykel Gregory Jacoby Black, age 29, of Eugene, the officer found that he was in possession of heroin. The suspect was transported to the Lane County Jail for Possession of a Controlled Substance – Heroin, Interfering with a Peace Officer – Disorderly Conduct, and two warrants. Black was also cited for Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device, for not stopping at the stop sign at Washington and W. 1st Avenue.

August 3, at approximately 5:34 p.m., Police and Fire responded to the northbound Delta Highway off ramp at Goodpasture Island Rd. regarding a motor vehicle crash. When officers arrived, they observed a Chevrolet Cobalt engulfed in flames, with a portion of the grass in the median also on fire. Police contacted the driver and registered owner of the vehicle, William Earl Steiner, age 44, and found that he had been driving his vehicle at a high-rate of speed and failed to negotiate the exit onto Goodpature. He was cited for Careless Driving.

On August 2 at 12:49 a.m., police were dispatched to W. 6th and Lincoln, where witnesses reported a stabbing with the suspect still on scene and standing in the middle of the road. When they arrived, Jeremy William Leishman, age 30, of Eugene, was in the middle of Lincoln Street holding a knife. He was held at gunpoint and eventually complied after being admonished when told to get to his knees. He was taken into custody without incident. He was transported to Jail after declining medical attention for a cut above his eye. The incident was reported to have started when a group of friends was coming back from the Whiteaker Block Party and walking on W. 5th Avenue near Lawrence and Lincoln. As they walked, they came across Leishman and a female, Sophia Natalia Burke, age 29, of Eugene. Leishman and Burke were reported to have become verbally hostile toward the group. Burke is reported to have walked up to one of the group, a 32-year-old Eugene woman and punched her in the face. The group told the pair to leave them alone, then a 35-year-old Eugene male, who was in the group, tried to intervene between Leishman and another male member of the group and reports being stabbed by Leishman. The male was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Jeremy William Leishman, age 30, of Eugene, was arrested on charges of Assault in the First Degree, and Harassment. Burke was charged with Harassment.

On August 2 at about 12:15 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 7-Eleven at 590 East Broadway for a subject reported down. While enroute, dispatch told officers it was being reported that there was a Red, 1994 Ford Explorer with his engine running and the male driver, later identified as Ryan Christopher James, age 21, of Junction City, slumped over behind the wheel. Police were unable to wake him and called medics. Medics were able to wake him. He had heroin in his possession inside the vehicle. He was arrested for DUII and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance Heroin.

On August 1, at 8:50 a.m., Police were dispatched to 3333 W. 11th Avenue (Fred Meyers) regarding a subject, later identified as Leslie Carroll Power, age 56, no address, who self-reported trying to rob Bob’s Donuts, 977 Garfield. Bob’s Donuts reported having an attempted robbery at about 7 a.m. in which Powers handed over a note threatening use of a weapon. When the shop’s owner told him ‘no,’ Powers reportedly left and headed westbound on W. 11th Avenue. Powers waited outside Fred Meyers for police to arrive and was taken into custody without incident and charged with Robbery in the Second Degree.

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