Sweet Home man arrested in armed disturbances

Deputies searched for the man in the woods for days following the initial incident.

Posted: Aug 6, 2020 1:23 PM
Updated: Aug 6, 2020 1:33 PM

SWEET HOME, Ore. – A Sweet Home man has been arrested in connection with armed disturbances north of Sweet Home.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office said the first happened at about 3:50 p.m. Monday in the 41000 block of Marks Ridge Drive.

A resident reported that a man who had been staying at the location had taken out a gun during an argument with him and shot it into the ground.

Authorities said suspect Joel Soto, 25, ran off through a nearby wooded area. Deputies were unable to find the man, and the search continued.

Then, at about 6:50 p.m. on Wednesday, deputies responded to another armed disturbance at the home. The caller reported that Soto had returned and pointed a gun at them.

When deputies returned arrived, they said Soto had ran into the woods again.

With the help of a police dog, Soto was found hiding in a drainage culvert south of the home. Authorities said he had a Glock handgun that had been reported as stolen through Sweet Home police.

Soto was taken to the Linn County Jail. He faces charges of felon in possession of a restricted weapon, unlawful use of a weapon, menacing and first-degree theft.

The sheriff’s office also said Soto is being held on an outstanding warrant issued out of New York for second-degree assault.

No one was injured in the incidents near Sweet Home.

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