Man wanted in gang assault captured

MEDFORD — A suspected gang member wanted in connection with an assault was arrested Sunday afternoon after Medford police got numerous tips about his whereabouts.

Orlando James Chavez, 24, was arrested at a house in the 800 block of Krissy Dee in west Medford.

He was a suspect in a March 22 fight in which four young men believed to be associated with a Sureños gang offshoot called RAW — which stands for Ready and Willing — assaulted a 21-year-old man in the 600 block of Northwood Street, punching him and hitting him with metal bars and bats. The victim, whom police said had no known gang connections, had his jaw broken and was treated at Providence Medford Medical Center, police said.

Three of the suspected assailants were arrested in early April. Chavez was profiled on CrimeStoppers last week as police continued to search for him.

Investigators got numerous tips and one of those led to the home where Chavez was found hiding Sunday at about 1:30 p.m.

He was arrested and lodged in the Jackson County Jail on charges of second- and third-degree assault. He remained in jail Monday on $75,000 bail.

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