Police searching for man with warrant
Police are searching for a 37-year-old Madras man, Omar Benitez, who has an outstanding warrant for first-degree kidnapping, unlawful use of a weapon, and first-degree robbery.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department developed information indicating that Benitez was at 749 SW Madison St., and based on that information they applied for and obtained a search warrant.
Because of the nature of the crimes committed by Benitez and because the residence is within the city of Madras, the Madras Police Department contacted the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team. The team responded and served the search warrant with the assistance of Madras Police and Jefferson County Sheriff's Office personnel.
When police executed the search warrant, Benitez was not present at that address.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information related to the whereabouts of Benitez is encouraged to call the Madras Police Department at 541-475-2424, or the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office at 541-475-2201 or 541-475-2202.