Police believe boy, 16, took medical marijuana at knifepoint

A Central Point teenager faces more than seven years in prison for allegedly breaking into a Medford home early Sunday and robbing a woman of her medical marijuana at knifepoint, authorities said.

Ethan Taylor Sartin, 16, was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Jackson County Circuit Court on charges of first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary, and prosecutors said today they will try him in court as an adult.

"It's because he's 16 years old and the seriousness of the crime," said Beth Heckert, chief deputy district attorney in Jackson County.

The robbery charge carries, upon conviction, a mandatory minimum sentence of 7 1/2 years in prison under Oregon's Measure 11 sentencing law.

Sartin was arrested Tuesday without incident at his Truax Road home and remained detained today by Jackson County Juvenile Department authorities, police said.

Sartin is accused of wearing a cloth over his face while breaking through a rear sliding-glass door early Sunday and entering a residence in the 700 block of West Second Street in Medford, police said.

Sartin allegedly used a folding knife to threaten the woman, and stole between one ounce and two ounces of marijuana the 54-year-old woman legally had for medicinal purposes, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said today.

The robber, who was described as a young and thin white male, fled on foot, police said.

Investigators interviewed witnesses who were familiar with the woman, and eventually they were led to Sartin, Budreau said.

The knife believed to be used in the robbery had not been found as of this afternoon, Budreau said.

— Mark Freeman

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