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Arrests made in Eugene armed robberies

Two home invasions have been linked, leading to a break in the case, police said.

Posted: Apr 24, 2020 4:22 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – After linking two armed robberies in the Eugene area, police have moved to arrest multiple suspects.

One of the suspects in a fall 2019 home invasion robbery – Michael Vincent, 45, of Eugene -- was arrested April 13 and charged with second-degree robbery.

On Thursday, SWAT moved in on a home in the 1300 block of Willagillespie Road after police learned suspect Trenton Fryer-Keating, 24, of Eugene was at the home. Police said the man hid in the backyard but was taken into custody.

Fryer-Keating was charged with first-degree robbery in the 2019 case and was also arrested on warrants: eluding in a vehicle, eluding by foot, second-degree recklessly endangering, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

The man now also faces charges in a robbery that took place in April 13.

In the more recent robbery, Fryer-Keating and Ralph Thornhill are suspected of breaking into a home in the 900 block of Owen Loop North at about 7 a.m. Police said they were armed and tried to rob a man, who used a sword to hit one of the suspects. The victim ran inside his trailer. Police said the window on the door was smashed.

Thornhill was arrested Thursday on a parole violation. He was cited for felony failure to register as a sex offender, but he also faces charges in the April 13 robbery.

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