Michael Brandon Mak

Medford man fights off would-be burglar

A 51-year-old Medford man was watching television just after 11 p.m. Wednesday at his home in the 500 block of South Grape Street when he looked up to see a stranger standing in his kitchen, Medford police reported.

Robert Thomas confronted the interloper, later identified as Michael Brandon Mak, 20, of the 600 block of Crystal Drive, Eagle Point.

Mak tried to flee, but Thomas grabbed his wrist, police said in a news release today.

The two struggled and a window broke. Broken glass rained down on the floor and Thomas cut his bare feet on some of the pieces. Thomas' 11-year-old son awoke during the fight, but was not hurt.

Police said Mak escaped from the home.

Responding officers tracked down a suspect matching Mak's description walking through an alley near the intersection of Thirteenth and Fir streets. He ran from police and hid in some nearby bushes, where officers found and arrested him. Police said Mak was uncooperative and spit in a police officer's face during his arrest.

He was booked in the Jackson County Jail on charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree theft, unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, third-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree assault and two counts of harassment. He remained in jail this morning on $41,000 bail.

Authorities allege Mak removed a screen from a window in Thomas' apartment and crawled inside.

Police said Mak did not take anything from the Thomas home, but police did find a camera wrapped in a sweatshirt on the ground. Investigators determined the camera was stolen from a neighbor's vehicle.

— Ryan Pfeil

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