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Gunman tries to rob

Eugene flower stand

A man pointed a silver gun at the operator of a flower stand in the Four Corners area of Eugene on Tuesday and demanded money but left empty handed.

The flower seller ran away and called police from a nearby gas station, prompting the robber to flee in his black sedan with rear spoiler, Eugene police said. He left without getting any loot. Officers searched the area but didn't find him.

The robbery occurred about 5 p.m. at the flower stand near the Taco Bell at Highway 99 and Roosevelt Avenue. The suspect kept the gun in the pocket of his sweat pants, exposing the barrel, police said. He was described as a white man in this 30s, about 5-feet-10-inches tall and stocky, with light-colored hair and wearing a gray sweatsuit.

Federal sentencing adds 10 years to robber's time

A man convicted of armed robbery and assault of a marijuana grower in Springfield last year got a 20-year federal prison term Tuesday as an armed career criminal.

Joshua Gunner Johnson, 29, was on parole for bank robbery at the time of the June 2002 home invasion robbery, during which the marijuana grower was shot in the leg, Assistant U.S. Attorney Bud Fitzgerald said.

Johnson got a 10-year state prison term in that case. The term handed down Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan in Eugene adds another 10 years to his term. Johnson pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm and being a career criminal. He has a prior conviction for a violent felony and two prior convictions for serious drug crimes, Fitzgerald said.

The victim, Shawn Moon Lewis, pleaded guilty to manufacturing and possession of marijuana.


Deputies accuse man

of kidnapping motorist

VENETA - A 23-year-old man was behind bars Tuesday night after a carjacking and kidnapping that left a woman shaken but otherwise unharmed.

Details were incomplete Tuesday night, but police said a man allegedly accosted the woman in the Bi-Mart parking lot at 25126 Jeans Road in Veneta, forcing his way into the car with her. For unknown reasons, he stopped the car at the Low Pass Market at 22501 Highway 36 near Junction City and went inside.

The woman flagged down another motorist and told him she had been kidnapped. The motorist called the Lane County sheriff's office at 5:17 p.m. and waited with the woman until deputies arrived.

Deputies arrested Justin Nelson Cole on charges of first-degree kidnapping, second-degree robbery, menacing and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

Cole was being held in the Lane County Jail.
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Title Annotation:Crime; METRO
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Dec 17, 2003
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