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Valley River Center assault leads to arrest of wanted man

The suspect reportedly bit an officer while fighting being taken to the Lane County Jail.

Posted: Sep 13, 2021 10:52 AM

EUGENE, Ore. – A wanted man was taken into custody after punching someone in the Valley River Center parking lot on Friday, police say.

Just after 9 p.m., suspect Kevin Jackson, 31, of Anchorage, Alaska, reportedly started throwing things at a vehicle that had just parked near H&M. Inside was a 27-year-old Eugene man and his girlfriend, who was in the passenger seat.

The driver told police he asked Jackson to stop and asked if he was OK. Police said the suspect then approached the vehicle, and the driver told Jackson he had a gun but did not point it at him. Jackson allegedly reached into the window, grabbed the driver by his shirt and punched him in the face several times before going into a nearby van.

Police arrived at the scene, and after talking to officers, the driver went to the hospital to be evaluated for his injuries.

Officers contacted someone in the van and were told Jackson had taken methamphetamine and heroin prior to the incident. They also learned Jackson had a warrant out of Deschutes County, police said. Officers reportedly found Jackson hiding under blankets in the van and told him he was under arrest, but he refused to come out and started reaching around the vehicle, causing a safety concern for the officers.

It took breaking a window, shooting pepper balls and using a Taser for officers to get Jackson out of the van and into custody, police said. He was taken to a local hospital and after being cleared, he reportedly refused to walk out of the building.

Officers carried Jackson, who thrashed around and refused to enter the back of the patrol vehicle, police said. He even reportedly bit an officer in the struggle.

Jackson was lodged at the Lane County Jail on charges of assault, unlawful entry of a motor vehicle and interfering with a police officer.

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