Tip Leads to Suspect’s Arrest

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ROSEBURG, Ore. — The man suspected of throwing a rock off an overpass and injuring two University of Oregon students is behind bars.

Troopers spent more than two months looking for the suspect. Thursday night, Oregon State Police detectives arrested 19-year-old Matthew McKinney, of Sutherlin. They think he’s the one who pulled the dangerous prank on I-5 just last year.

Back in November, Molly Grabill and Chris Brewer were driving on I-5 near Rice Hill when a rock broke through the windshield, causing the car to crash.

“I was horrified for the victims. It was a pretty senseless act,” said Sgt. Matt Bowersox.

Since that night, OSP followed up leads to find the person resposible, which isn’t always an easy task.

“It was such an anonymously committed crime. It was done in the cover of darkness. There were no witnesses that we were initially aware of that could provide us with some leads in the investigation, and so it was somewhat frustrating,” said Lt. Gregg Hastings.

But thanks to tips, detectives say they found their man. McKinney was arrested Thursday night.

In a statement released Friday, Brewer said: “I am very relieved that there has been an arrest made in the case. I think this arrest will be another step to help us move forward in the recovery process.”

“It could have been one of those incidents that would have gone unsolved if we hadn’t gotten that tip,” Hastings said.

While the investigation is ongoing, detectives said it could have been a dead end had it not been for the community’s involvement.

“Any tips we receive from the public to some extent help us immesurably, and we would like to extend our gratitude to the many people who offered information in this investigation,” Bowersox said.

Detectives are still following up on some information that could lead to more arrests.

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