A Roseburg man reported for trespassing at Sherm's Thunderbird Market held a brief standoff with police before being taken into custody Wednesday.

Police were called to the Northwest Stewart Parkway store at 1 p.m. Wednesday to escort Russell Scott Surkamer, 65, from the store's property. According to a police report, Surkamer had other plans, instead opting to lock himself in his car — a red 1994 Honda Accord — and refusing to engage with officers.

After a nearly hour-long standoff, an officer sprayed pepper spray into the vehicle. Surkamer exited his car and, after a brief struggle with officers, was taken into custody.

Surkamer was lodged in the Douglas County Jail on suspicion of second-degree criminal trespass, resisting arrest, interfering with a police officer and for an outstanding failure to appear warrant.

Donovan Brink can be reached at dbrink@nrtoday.com and 541-957-4219.

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I must have missed something. How does one trespass at a grocery store?


If you get banned from the store and try to enter that can be trespassing. Where I work at Costco for instance too, if someone doesn't have a membership and tries to sneak into the store we can ding them for trespassing. We don't do it a lot, mostly only for people that we know have snuck in and than try to steal stuff or attempted too


Thank you for letting me know that. This guy must have already done things to get arrested for trespassing then.

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Lots of history on this guy. He is well known to law enforcement. He has been trespassed from a lot of places due to stealing, loitering, bothering others, etc. A grocery store is not a public place, it is private. Businesses have a right to trespass anyone who causes them problems. That is why the argument that "I have a right to be here, shop here" etc. isn't a valid argument under any circumstances. Any business has a right to refuse service to anyone. They also have a right to ban people from their property. Once someone is trespassed, they are subject to arrest if they return.

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