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Posted on: August 28, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Street Crimes Unit and K9 Arrest, Investigation Continuing

John Frederick Swank II arrest photo


At approximately 8:07 p.m., on August 27, Street Crimes Unit arrested John Frederick Swank, II, age 60, of Eugene, after serving a search warrant in the 1700 block of Riverview, and a foot pursuit during which Swank was appended by Eugene Police K9 Unit Michael Casey and Cjuk. 

Swank was charged with Elude Vehicle from a previous incident, and taken to Jail where he is on a Federal hold pending the completion of an ongoing investigation. Swank is on Federal Probation. 

SCU has been assisted by Eugene Police SWAT, Special Investigations Unit, EPD K9, EPD Crisis Negotiation Team, Eugene Police Evidence Control Unit, Springfield Police, and the U.S. Marshal's Office in serving the warrant. 

On August 22, SCU observed Swank in a suspicious hand-to-hand exchange with another individual and he had been associated with a suspected drug house.  Subsequently, Swank committed a traffic violation and when officers activated their lights for a traffic stop, Swank eluded them. SCU applied for and was granted a search warrant for Swank’s residence as well as a warrant for his person. Once contacted at the 1700 block of Riverview, Swank fled on foot and was located by Officer Casey and Cjuk. He was found in possession of more than $2,000 and there was evidence of suspected narcotics delivery activity. Swank was treated by medics for his injuries before being lodged at the Lane County Jail. 

This investigation is continuing and additional charges will be forth coming.  

Eugene Police Street Crimes Unit

The SCU has been focusing on prolific offenders, who are identified through intelligence-based policing, public tips and other sources. They have been proactively responding across the city to quality of life issues as they arise, using all available resources and partners such as community groups, neighborhood associations and city services. 


The unit makes a dynamic difference in a variety of public safety issues including on emerging crimes and neighborhood livability issues. This team creates capacity within the organization to address and solve problems throughout the city of Eugene. SCU is a tangible outcome of the one-time,18-month bridge funding by Eugene City Council that is dedicated to targeting immediate and acute community safety system issues while working toward mission-critical enhancements that need to be addressed through a longer-term and broader community safety initiative. The unit currently consists of a lieutenant, a sergeant and eight officers. The team will also include another sergeant in the near future.

Case 19-13475

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