Police locate, arrest robbery suspects
- Holly M. Gill
- Madras Pioneer - News
Team surrounds Metolius home
The Metolius City Hall's parking lot became the command center for the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team on Aug. 1, when police agencies tracked an armed robbery suspect to a residence on Sixth Street.
According to Capt. Brian McNaughton, of the Redmond Police Department, the robbery took place at 12:08 p.m. July 31, at the David Haffey Fine Jewelry store on Sixth Street in Redmond.
"As part of the investigation, we identified Nathan Danison and Merton Bean as people we wanted to talk to in the case," said McNaughton, noting that police discovered that the two men had active warrants for their arrests.
Police went to a residence in Metolius, where Bean's daughter lived. "As we got there, he came out, and they left," he said.
With assistance from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, police stopped the vehicle at 2:04 p.m. and arrested Nathan Lee Danison, 34, who had been living at the residence in Metolius.
He was lodged at the Deschutes County Jail on charges of first-degree robbery, felon in possession of a weapon, first-degree menacing, first-degree burglary, unlawful use of a weapon, and parole violation. No bail was set.
Believing that Merton Gerald "Jerry" Bean, 43, whose last known address was Culver, was still in the residence, police surrounded the house and obtained a search warrant.
Two armored vehicles with members of the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team, as well as Redmond and Jefferson County detectives and patrol deputies were on scene for more than 10 hours.
Eventually, police used tear gas to evacuate the house, but by 11 p.m., determined that no one else was home.
Bean was arrested in Portland on Monday, when he was stopped for attempting to elude police by vehicle and on foot, providing false information to a police officer, third-degree escape, and reckless driving. He was lodged in the Multnomah County Jail, where he is being held without bail.
"We have found evidence to link them to the crime of robbery of the jewelry store," said McNaughton, who added that the men were armed with firearms.
Additionally, a false call about a shooting at the Redmond Central Oregon Community College Campus, which diverted resources from the robbery, is likely associated with the robbers.
"We believe we have linked the call about a shooting at the Redmond COCC campus to this group," said McNaughton.