Suspect in Medford shooting is arraigned

Suspect in Medford shooting is arraigned

One of Medford's most wanted was arraigned Thursday afternoon on attempted murder and a host of other charges after being extradited from California.

Jose Manuel Macias, 21, is back in the Jackson County Jail on $750,000 bail facing charges of attempted murder, first-degree attempted assault, felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon, menacing and reckless endangering and other charges in what police describe as a gang-related shooting that occurred March 27 at a Medford apartment complex in the 700 block of Crater Lake Avenue.

Macias pleaded not guilty to all six charges before Jackson County Circuit Judge Tim Barnack.

When police responded to the late-afternoon shooting, they found no victim or suspect. But investigators found a single shell casing at the scene, evidence of a shot being fired.

Police later determined the shooting was related to Norteño and Sureño gang activity. Investigators said several of the involved parties were uncooperative with the investigators.

Police at first found no victim, but later determined that the alleged victim was a man named Toby Martinez, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said in August.

Police identified Macias as the alleged shooter, and a grand jury in August arraigned Macias on the charges related to the March event.

Police asked the public's help in locating Macias, but also warned he was considered dangerous.

In addition to the attempted murder warrant, Macias had an outstanding warrant for his arrest on charges of violating his parole following a second-degree robbery conviction.

In July Macias eluded Jackson County sheriff's deputies while driving on Avenue C in White City on an 80cc motorcycle, which is not street-legal. Macias was not wearing a helmet. A deputy attempted to pull Macias over, but he fled.

After a short pursuit, Macias abandoned the motorcycle and ran away on foot. He ducked into a trailer park along the 2600 block of Falcon Avenue. Police set up a perimeter, but say they believe he escaped in a car driven by someone else.

Fresno police found Macias standing on a street corner, said Medford police Chief Tim George. Thanks to a nationwide computer system that tracks wanted suspects, Macias was identified and placed under arrest.

"That's the beauty of the nationwide system," George said. "It was just a matter of time before we had him."

Macias was returned to Medford on Wednesday.

Court records show Macias was convicted of second-degree robbery in February 2008. Mail Tribune archives show the conviction stemmed from an incident in which Macias, then 17, broke into a Gold Hill home and held the sole female occupant at gunpoint while he and an accomplice robbed her and then fled.

Macias' next court date is a pretrial hearing scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Oct. 15.

Reach reporter Sanne Specht at 541-776-4497 or e-mail

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