California fugitive in jail after assault

A California arsonist on parole landed in the Jackson County Jail for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend multiple times over the weekend, not letting her leave his home, and threatening to kill her and her 16-month-old grandchild, Talent police said.

Jail records show Ray Howard Ford, 40, is held in the jail without bail on a warrant out of California charging that he violated his parole. Additional charges include felony fourth-degree assault, menacing, coercion, harassment, child neglect, child endangerment and interfering with a 911 call. Ford had been living in the Talent RV Park, 405 W. Valley View Road, Talent, for several weeks. Talent and Phoenix police, and the Jackson County Sheriff's Department responded to a reported domestic assault in the park at 8:20 a.m. Sunday, May 26.

Ford's 37-year-old girlfriend reported he had assaulted her numerous times throughout the night while preventing her from leaving. He also broke her cell phone and threatened to kill her and the child, whom she was babysitting. At one point, he went to another room, and she ran from the trailer.

"She took that as an opportunity to flee," Talent Police Chief Mike Moran said.

Police flocked to the trailer and tried to get Ford to come out. They entered through an unlocked door and found Ford had fled. The child was still inside, unhurt.

A sheriff's department dog and police searched the Bear Creek Greenway, but later returned to the park when a neighbor reported seeing Ford re-enter his trailer. Talent police arrested him.

The woman was taken to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, had her injuries treated, and was released. Moran said her injuries were substantial.

Medford police reported a similar case May 18. In that case, 44-year-old Rodney Edward Silva, also on parole in California — for sex crimes in this case — allegedly held a woman against her will for several days at the Medford Inn. During that time, he allegedly beat and assaulted her multiple times, telling her he would kill her if she tried to leave the room. Silva is currently held in the Jackson County Jail on rape, sodomy, kidnapping and assault charges, jail records show. His bail is set at $1 million.

— Ryan Pfeil

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