Police arrest two 'armed and dangerous' California suspects in Jackson County

Two California men with felony warrants were arrested today, prompting a brief lockdown of Hedrick Middle School, police said.

Medford police were tipped off by the U.S. Marshals Service that two wanted men considered armed and dangerous were believed to be living in the Rogue Valley.

Gavin Epps, 21, has a nationwide warrant for his arrest from Oakland for assault with a deadly weapon. His cohort Joseph McWoodson, 27, also had a nationwide warrant for a parole violation linked to a robbery conviction.

The marshals teamed with the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement (MADGE) team to place surveillance on two homes associated with the suspects.

One home was in the 500 block of Marie Street in Medford and the other was in the 400 block of North Ninth Street in Central Point.

Epps was arrested at Medford residence at about 2:37 p.m. Because the home is near Hedrick Middle School, the school was placed on lockdown for about 30 minutes as a precaution, police said.

Meanwhile, McWoodson was arrested at the Central Point home, but not until police chased him down after he fled through the back door.

Both were lodged in the Jackson County Jail without bail. They will be extradited to California to face charges there, police said.

— Chris Conrad

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