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Knife-wielding man arrested after stealing car, Eugene police say

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EUGENE, Ore. -- A man is in police custody after stealing a car and menacing local citizens with a knife, police say.

The Eugene Police Department said that at about 5:30 p.m. yesterday they received a call from a woman on High Street. Police said that the woman alleged that she was at her daughter’s home when a suspect, later identified as James Eugene Jones, 52, demanded she give him her car keys. Police said she refused and tried to shut the front door when Jones became agitated and blocked the door with his foot. According to police, a struggle ensued which ended when the victim managed to close and lock the door and called police.

Police say that shortly after this call, they received another report that a Subaru Outback was stolen at knifepoint from a man on East Fifteenth Avenue. According to police the thief was later identified as Jones. They add that a Eugene Police Property and Financial Crimes detective found the stolen vehicle near East Eleventh Avenue and Willamette Street. Police said that Jones had apparently left the vehicle and was leaving the scene on foot.

EPD said multiple officers arrived on the scene, and that Jones did not comply with officers' commands. Police say he was eventually arrested with the assistance of members of EPD SWAT. Jones is charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery, unlawful use of a vehicle, unlawful use of a weapon, and menacing.

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