Three jailed on assault and robbery charges

Two men and a 15-year-old are in jail after allegedly kicking and punching a 54-year-old to the ground and robbing him of an undisclosed amount of cash and an ATM card three weeks ago.

Transient Sean Eli, 19, and Jeffrey Koczynski, 21, of the 2200 block of Prune Street, are lodged in the Jackson County Jail without bail, according to a news release. A 15-year-old boy, was lodged with the Jackson County Community Justice Juvenile Division. All three are being held on felony charges of second-degree robbery, a Measure 11 offense, and third-degree assault.

Eli and Koczynski were indicted by a grand jury and await arraignment June 1. The teenager also was indicted and is scheduled for a June 6 pre-trial hearing.

The alleged incident occurred at 5 p.m. May 8 in the Safeway parking lot behind the Medford Center complex. Police said the investigation showed Eli, Koczynski and the teen followed the man out of the Safeway after he had used his ATM card at a machine inside. They then beat him to the ground, took his ATM card and some cash and ran off.

The man was taken to Providence Medford Medical Center and treated for minor injuries from the assault.

After detectives reviewed surveillance cameras, they recognized Eli from similar incidents.

"He's had contact with (Medford police) as a victim and a suspect over the last couple years," said Medford police Sgt. Mike Budreau. "He has been involved in other assaults."

Officers also received word that the three had tried to use the victim's card at another ATM. Police arrested Koczynski and the teen on May 20, and Eli on May 23.

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