Two suspects involved in two failed carjacking attempts, a high-speed chase to Grants Pass, a shooting and an assault on Saturday, are in custody. They are suspects in a multi-state series of violent crimes according to the Oregon State Police.
Jose Lopez-Jovel, 31, from El Salvador, and Matthew Anthony Fanelli, 30, from New Mexico, attempted to steal a car outside of Red Robin on Northwest Stewart Parkway around 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Lopez-Jovel was taken into custody onsite by the Roseburg Police Department.
Fanelli fled southbound on Interstate 5 toward Grants Pass, reaching speeds of up to 112 mph. He shot three vehicles during the chase, including a vehicle with an occupied child seat and an Oregon State Police patrol car, disabling it.
He attempted to steal another vehicle from a male and female couple in Grants Pass. He shot the male and assaulted the female before authorities brought him into custody in Grants Pass. The male victim was critically injured and his identity and status will be released at a later date.
OSP said in a press release the agency discovered the suspects were involved in a multi-state crime spree of violent criminal activity. The related criminal conduct appears to involve one or more persons of interest, so Oregon law enforcement is working with out-of-state and federal partners.
“As a matter of precaution, citizens along the route of the vehicle chase and associated crime scenes should be vigilant of their surrounding area, hitchhikers and securing of their property. Additionally, motorists traveling Interstate 5 during the vehicle pursuit, are requested to check their vehicles for evidence of firearm damage,” the OSP press release reads.
The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released as it becomes available. Other than the carjacking victims in the Grants Pass Area, no additional injuries had been reported.
OSP Public Information Officer Tim Fox said in an email he was told the suspect was in custody at approximately 7:20 p.m. Saturday, less than two hours after authorities initially responded to the carjacking reports at Red Robin.
Red Robin Manager Lacey Coello said Saturday that she locked the doors but stood by them to let people in or out if they wished.
“The police were already outside,” Coello said. “It was just a few minutes.”
By 6:48 p.m., she said it had settled down inside the restaurant but the investigation was still going on outside.
Anyone with any more information is asked to call the OSP Dispatch at 1-800-442-2068 and leave a request for contact from detectives working the case.