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Christopher Jack Labrecque

Man held dog hostage

A former state prison inmate is back behind bars after allegedly holding a dog hostage in White City during a dispute over a vehicle.

Christopher Jack Labrecque, 28, of the 500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue in Medford is being held in the Jackson County Jail without bail on a parole violation.

He faces a felony first-degree theft charge for allegedly stealing the dog, according to an indictment.

On May 24, the dog’s owner called police to report her dog was stolen while it was being watched by a friend, according to a probable cause affidavit by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Labrecque took the dog from the friend and said he wouldn’t return it until the friend returned a vehicle he said belonged to him, the affidavit said.

The friend explained she was only watching the dog and it didn’t belong to her, the affidavit said.

“Labrecque said he didn’t care, he just wanted his vehicle back or he would shoot the dog,” the affidavit said.

The investigation led law enforcement to a room at the Rogue Valley Inn on Riverside Avenue in Medford, where the dog was found, the affidavit said.

Several witnesses in the room said Labrecque had brought the dog there — including a woman who said she was with him when he took it from the dog owner’s friend, the affidavit said.

The woman said she had heard Labrecque talking on the phone with the friend and threatening to hurt the dog if he didn’t get his vehicle back, the affidavit said.

The Sheriff’s Office was not able to locate Labrecque immediately, but he was later taken into custody and lodged at the jail June 8, according to the affidavit and jail records.

In a jail interview with an investigator, Labrecque admitted to taking the dog in order to get his vehicle back, which he said had been stolen from him, the affidavit said.

His past convictions include inflicting corporal injury on a spouse in California in 2009, according to court records.

In 2016 in three separate cases in Oregon, Labrecque was convicted of menacing one woman, stalking a second woman and committing fourth-degree assault and unlawful use of a firearm against a third woman, court records show.

He was sentenced to probation and almost two months in jail for the first two cases, but received a 19-month prison sentence in the assault and gun case, according to court records.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/VickieAldous.

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