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Suspect arrested after two Eugene break-ins

The man was arrested after police say he charged at an officer.

Posted: Jun 17, 2021 7:33 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A Eugene man was arrested Sunday night after police say he broke into two homes.

Rodney Retzman, 57, was taken to the Lane County Jail on charges of first-degree burglary, harassment and resisting arrest.

At about 6 p.m. on June 13, police responded to the 500 block of East 12th Avenue to a report that a man had entered a home without permission and left, walking south on Patterson Alley.

Police say they located a man fitting the description on the 1200 block of Patterson Alley and asked him to stop. Retzman reportedly sat down on the steps of a home.

When a resident of the home went inside, Retzman followed and shut the door behind him, police said. The officer tried to get him to stop and went inside after. Police said the officer saw Retzman grabbing the woman as she tried to get out.

Retzman then reportedly charged at the officer, who pushed Retzman to the ground. When the suspect grabbed a bat, the officer used a Taser to take him into custody, police said.

Police added that investigation revealed Retzman had stolen an article of clothing from the first home.

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