Family of home invasion suspect seeks help for mental illness

"He never tried to touch her, and was genuinely surprised when he became aware of the fact that she was even in the bed," Steve said.

Posted: Apr 9, 2021 6:56 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- For the second time in two years, Devin Frazer is in the Lane County Jail for charges related to trespassing and criminal mischief. His mother says his troubled past can be attributed to lack of help for his schizophrenia.

Police said Frazer, 29, broke into the home of a Eugene family and got into the bed of their 7-year-old daughter early on Thursday.

The homeowner, Steve, said during the time of the incident, Frazer was seemingly unaware of his whereabouts. When the girl verbalized that she was in the bed as well, Frazer immediately got up and relocated to a couch elsewhere in the house. 

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"He never tried to touch her, and was genuinely surprised when he became aware of the fact that she was even in the bed," Steve said.

In 2019, Frazer was arrested for a burglary at Willamette Christian School in which he and a woman threatened employees in the church with "bladed objects." He was sentenced to five years but ultimately served a year and seven months, some of that time in a mental hospital.

When he was released, Frazer went to Sponsors, Inc., an organization dedicated to helping people re-enter society once they get out of jail or prison.

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"We really provide a broad range of supports that are wrapped around our housing programs, and the goal is to get people to a place of self-sufficiency," said executive director Paul Solomon.

According to his mother, Sherri Jackson, he was with the service for a few months, but because it was not court mandated, he elected to stop before he could reach full stability. 

The pandemic has put organizations like these to the test, as they were already stretched thin beforehand.

"It's always been a resource issue. We have more people in need of our services than are available," Solomon said.

Jackson said she doesn't think her son receives the proper attention from community resources when it comes to his mental health issues. 

"Eugene is very social service centric, but for some reason, this particular sector, those that are suffering from mental illness, they're falling through the cracks," Jackson said.

She also noted how thankful she was that no one was harmed in the incident on Thursday morning.

"My greatest fear was that something would happen to my son, or he would do something to someone else under an induced state, whether it's a mental psychosis or drug usage," Jackson said.

Frazer is still being held at Lane County Jail. 

"When he came out from being in that hospital for months, he was completely, completely lucid," Jackson said. "It wasn't until he wasn't taking any medication and had no supervision that things just went completely south."

She went on to say that he's been dealing with this condition for several years. She said she hopes this terrible incident can help shine a light on an often-overlooked topic. 

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