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Medford attempted murder suspect arrested in Montana

A man wanted on attempted murder and assault charges after he allegedly fired four gunshots at an occupied car and caused the vehicle to crash earlier this month has been arrested in Montana, according to Medford police.

On Sunday, police in Livingston arrested 33-year-old Chester Iodence after an officer spotted him in a vehicle reported stolen from Park County, according to Medford police’s Facebook page.

“After he faces his charges in Montana, he will be extradited back to Medford to face attempted murder charges,” the post reads. “We are happy to have this dangerous man in custody.”

Iodence allegedly fired four gunshots at a vehicle with at least one person inside it at around 3 p.m. May 13 during a dispute that occurred at an apartment complex in the 700 block of Royal Avenue.

Just before Iodence allegedly fired the shots, police said the owner of a bicycle that had reported it stolen spotted Iodence riding it around the apartment complex.

The owner, driving in a vehicle, confronted Iodence about the theft. Iodence responded by brandishing a large knife, police said. Another person riding in the vehicle stepped into the dispute, prompting Iodence to allegedly pull a gun and fire “several shots,” police have said. Two shots went through the front windshield. The vehicle collided with several parked cars in the parking lot while the driver tried to get away. No one was injured.

Iodence fled and was listed by police as armed and dangerous. Local police said they were not surprised Iodence popped up in another state.

“He’s been known to come and go from Medford,” said Lt. Mike Budreau, commander for the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement task force. “At the time we thought he had probably fled the area.”

Iodence has a previous narcotics conviction out of California Superior Court for Santa Rosa, court records show. Previous convictions in Jackson County Circuit Court include possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a firearm, and criminal trespass.

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