Suspect in spree pleads not guilty.
Shackled at the ankles and wrists and sitting in a wheelchair, Robert Allen Cameron pleaded not guilty Friday to 21 charges from an alleged rape-robbery in Cottage Grove and a crime spree in Eugene that ended when a police officer shot him on April 1.
Defense lawyer Dan Koenig signed papers for Cameron during the short hearing to spare him the pain of moving while recovering from a bullet wound to the chest.
"He is in substantial amounts of pain," Koenig said afterward. "I think he should go back to the hospital, but I don't make those kinds of decisions."
Cameron, 37, faces 15 Measure 11 charges that carry a potential sentence of more than 100 years in prison.
Meanwhile, Roseburg police say federal prosecutors may press an armed career criminal case against Cameron, based on his arrest for theft and illegal weapons possession in Roseburg last month. During that arrest, Cameron tried to pull a gun on police, Roseburg police Sgt. Mark Nickel said.
The incident happened March 22 around closing time at the city's only topless bar, when Cameron allegedly snatched a bag of money from behind the bar and ran to a waiting limousine, Nickel said.
With descriptions of the car and the suspect's distinctive tattoos, officers quickly found Cameron at a mini-market on the city's main street. When officers asked Cameron to step outside, he ran around the back of the building.
Officers saw him reach behind his back for a handgun tucked in his belt under his shirt, but Cameron tripped over a parking lot curb and fell head-first to the pavement before he could point the weapon at police, Nickel said.
In a search, officers found that Cameron was carrying two more handguns, he said. Because of prior felony convictions, it was illegal for Cameron to have a gun. Court records indicate that Cameron was convicted in California in 1983 for false imprisonment and in 1991 for lewd acts and sodomy with someone under age 14 using force.
Cameron was charged with a half-dozen crimes in the Roseburg incident, but posted bail and was released a couple of days before the Cottage Grove robbery, Nickel said.
If a federal armed career criminal charge is filed, it won't affect the charges Cameron faces in Lane County, Deputy Lane County District Attorney Erik Hasselman said.
He is charged with raping and robbing a bartender in Cottage Grove and then a day later in Eugene trying to abduct a woman driver, abducting a second woman driver, stealing a car at gunpoint from a third woman and racing away from police on busy River Road before he was shot.
The charges are four counts each of robbery, sexual abuse and kidnapping; two counts of attempting to elude police; and one count each of rape, sodomy, theft, burglary, car theft, reckless driving and illegal weapons possession.
His next scheduled court appearance is May 17.
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|Title Annotation:||Crime: Robert Allen Cameron may also face federal charges.; Crime|
|Publication:||The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)|
|Date:||Apr 13, 2002|
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