Richard Anthony Thomas Boyce

Man who fought with deputy for six minutes arraigned

A Medford man who fought with a Jackson County sheriff's deputy for nearly six minutes during a Tuesday night arrest has been arraigned on assault, car theft and burglary charges, court records show.

Richard Anthony Boyce, 30, of the 100 block of Fern Valley Road, is suspected of stealing several vehicles and some tools from three Talent-area addresses before his arrest, which turned into a minutes-long battle with the arresting deputy unable to radio for backup. 

"When somebody's actively resisting and trying to get away, it's difficult to try and put handcuffs on them and restrain them at the same time," Sheriff Nathan Sickler said.

The arrest happened at about 8 p.m. Tuesday on Suncrest Road in Talent. Deputy Jesus Murillo had been investigating theft cases in the area involving several stolen vehicles, Sickler said. 

The thefts included a stolen motorcycle in the 600 block of Suncrest Road just north of Talent and a water truck in the 12000 block of Hughes Road, northeast of Phoenix, both of which were reported Tuesday. A third theft involved a 1999 GMC truck and some tools from a house in the 600 block of South Valley View Road outside Ashland.

"He'd gone on quite the little crime spree," Sickler said.

Police had identified Boyce as a suspect in the three cases. Murillo, who is a department defensive tactics instructor, saw Boyce walking along the road Tuesday and attempted to take him into custody, Sickler said. Boyce reportedly became "combative," according to a sheriff's department Facebook post. He made multiple escape attempts during the struggle, and also struck Murillo in the head with his fists, police said.

The officer tried to use a stun gun, but that didn't work, and Boyce reportedly grabbed the device during the struggle.

Passersby spotted the fight and called 911, because Murillo was unable to call for backup. By the time backup arrived, the fight had been going on for six minutes.

"That may not sound like a long time, but when it comes to a physical struggle, it really is — even for a deputy in great shape," the Facebook post said.

Both Boyce and Murillo were taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Boyce remains in the Jackson County Jail on $20,000 bail, according to jail records. He was arraigned in Jackson County Circuit Court Wednesday on charges of assault on a public safety officer, unauthorized use of a vehicle, first- and second-degree burglary, and aggravated harassment. He had no felony criminal history in the state, records show.

The water truck he is suspected of stealing was found abandoned near an orchard in the 4000 block of Payne Road, and some of the stolen tools have been recovered, according to court documents. The GMC pickup also has been recovered, police said.

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