Two arrested in home invasion robbery

Two arrested in home invasion robbery

Two men suspected of holding a homeowner at gunpoint while they stole electronics from his home and poured bleach on his furniture were arrested Thursday afternoon, police said.

Medford police said in a news release they are also on the hunt for a third suspect involved in the April 13 incident.

Heriberto Huizar, 23, and Michael Paul Gordon, 25, both of Medford, have been arrested on charges of first- and second-degree robbery, second-degree kidnapping and first-degree theft. Huizar also is charge with being a felon in possession of a firearm and is held without bail on probation violation charge. A charge tied to a homemade explosive device made from shotgun shells, gunpowder and pepper spray found in Huizar's home is pending, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said.

Gordon is held on more than $3 million bail.

The three suspects allegedly broke into a home along the 600 block of Beatty Street at 5 p.m. Friday, April 13. The man who was robbed told police the suspects broke into his apartment, armed with handguns. They stole several household appliances, including stereo equipment and gaming consoles. They also poured bleach on furniture in the home, destroying the couch and carpet, Budreau said.

Police said the robbery appears to be over debts owed to one of the suspects and is possibly drug-related.

The male victim was not hurt during the robbery attempt.

Police tracked Huizar to a home along the 700 block of South Holly Street in Medford at 4 p.m. Thursday where he was arrested without incident. The Oregon State Police Bomb Squad had to be summoned to the scene to collect the explosive device.

"It obviously was intended to be used to inflict injury on somebody as opposed to a firework," Budreau said.

Police arrested Gordon three hours later near the intersection of Keene Way Drive and Brookhurst Street.

Some of the stolen property has been recovered, police said.

The third suspect is described as a Hispanic male adult in his mid 30s around 6 feet tall with a heavy build. Police said he goes by the nickname of "Payaso" and may also respond to "Miguel." Police think he is driving a light-colored Dodge Intrepid.

Anyone with information about Payaso should contact Medford police at 541-774-2230.

— Ryan Pfeil

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