Eric Martin Siebold.

Medford teen arrested for robbery

A homeless Medford teen is in jail on more than $1 million bail after he allegedly confronted another teenager at knifepoint at Medford Center Monday night and stole a small amount of cash from him.

Medford police arrested Eric Martin Siebold, 18, on charges of second-degree robbery, theft by extortion and possession of methamphetamine. He remains lodged in the Jackson County Jail today on $1.04 million bail.

Medford police were called to the shopping mall at about 11:45 p.m. Monday when a 17-year-old boy reported he had been threatened with a knife near Tinseltown, Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen said.

The 17-year-old told officers that while he was hanging out at the shopping center four young men approached him near the movie theater and one of them asked if he wanted to buy any pills or weed. The teen recounted he said no and told the others to leave him alone.

A short time later, one of the young men, whom police identified as Siebold, returned and demanded the boy sell pills for him if he wasn't going to buy them. The boy refused. Siebold pulled our a knife and again demanded the teen sell drugs for him, Hansen said.

When the 17-year-old again refused, Siebold forced him to empty his pockets and turn over everything he had. The teen handed over a small amount of cash, and Siebold fled, police said.

Officers quickly found Siebold and took him into custody. They determined the other young men hanging out at the shopping center hadn't been involved in the threats and robbery, Hansen said.

- Anita Burke

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