Douglas Co. Kidnapping & Scam, Feb. 19

Kidnapping/Burglary charges in Douglas Co.
RIDDLE, Ore. – Three Roseburg men were arrested Friday afternoon for Burglary, Kidnapping and a number of other crimes. On Friday, February 16, 2024, around 10:00 a.m., 9-1-1 dispatchers received a report of a disturbance in the 200-block of Maple Street in Riddle. Callers were reporting a physical disturbance where three men were assaulting another. One caller reported that the men were applying zip-ties to the male to restrain him. Deputies arrived on scene and were able to determine that 25-year-old Justin Daniel Devlaeminck, 53-year-old Daniel Terrance Devlaeminck, and 26-year-old Austin Lee Lyman broke into a residence in an effort to “evict” the 22-year-old victim. Justin Devlaeminck pointed a firearm at the victim and Daniel Devlaeminck broke a window to the residence. All three suspects entered the home and began to assault the male victim who tried to escape, but was pulled back. At one point, the victim was able to break away and flee outside where the three suspects captured him and continued their assault and eventually used zip ties to restrain him. The victim was transported to Mercy Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of his injuries. All three suspects were taken into custody and transported to the Douglas County Jail where they were lodged on the following charges: Daniel Devlaeminck: Burglary I, Kidnapping I, Assault IV, Criminal Mischief II; Justin Devlaeminck: Burglary I, Kidnapping I, Assault IV, Menacing, Pointing a Firearm at Another; Austin Lyman: Burglary I, Kidnapping I, Assault IV. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Myrtle Creek Police Department, Umpqua Valley Ambulance and Riddle Fire Department.

Scamming in Douglas Co.
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. – Scammers are posing as officials from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) in an effort to scam community members out of money. Deputies have once again begun receiving reports from people contacted by phone by individuals posing as DCSO employees such as Lt. Brad O’Dell and Retired Lt. Mike Root. The scammer will tell the intended victim they have missed some court appearance, owe fines or have a warrant for their arrest and then demands payment. The victim is often directed to immediately make payment or they face consequences including arrest. These are tactics that are never utilized by legitimate law enforcement agencies. It is critically important for our community to be aware of these tactics and to share them with their friends and family members, especially those who may be vulnerable to falling victim to the scams, such as the elderly members of the community. However, we also wish to remind the community not to focus too much on specific scam tactics; scammers often change their methods over time: Scammers can easily obtain new phone numbers and will change them often. Scammers may use “spoof” programs to make the Caller ID show an agency’s actual phone number. Scammers may use the names of actual DCSO employees to make the call seem legitimate. Scammers may obtain personal information about a victim online including their name, address, phone number, and the names of others in the home. Scammers may initially contact victims by mail, email, or through social media. Due to the technology used in the scam – and the fact that scammers can be located anywhere in the world – it is virtually impossible to track the scammers or to get money back. “If anyone has any question about a possible scam call, they should call dispatch at (541) 440-4471 and ask to speak to a deputy,” said Lieutenant Brad O’Dell. “The most important thing is to not send any money or agree to meet someone to make payment.”

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