Bank surveillance video shows the suspect in a Chase Bank robbery that occurred Thursday afternoon, followed by a carjacking at a nearby church. [Photo provided by Medford Police Department]

Suspect on loose following Medford bank robbery

A suspect armed with a knife is on the loose following a Thursday afternoon bank robbery and a stabbing and carjacking at a nearby church.

The suspect left behind two crime scenes and one man injured with stab wounds just before 4 p.m. Thursday. It began with a bank robbery at the Chase branch at 601 Crater Lake Ave. near the Stevens Street intersection and was followed by the carjacking at First Baptist Church next door.

The suspect reportedly stabbed the driver of a gold 2001 Chevrolet Suburban SUV, stole the vehicle and fled. 

Medford police Lt. Kerry Curtis didn't know the extent of the victim's injuries at the scene, other than that the victim was rushed via Mercy Flights to a nearby hospital. At about 4:45 p.m. the stolen vehicle was found abandoned in a Circle K parking lot near Riverside Avenue and Barnett Road.

The suspect was described as a white or Hispanic male with a large “hook” nose, shorter in stature, mid-20s and wearing a black “Fox” hoodie. He first attempted to steal a late 1990s model Ford F-150 pickup at the church, according to Curtis. He moved on to the Suburban because he was unable to get the Ford's keys. During the robbery, the suspect kept his face covered.

Curtis said it's unclear whether the suspect had any weapons besides the knife used in the stabbing. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is involved with the Chase robbery, Curtis said.

Grace Christian School, which is adjacent to the bank and the church, was put on lockdown alert, although all but a few children had already left the school at the time of the incident.

— Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

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