Fugitive captured after reports of man camping on island
POWERS, Ore. - A fugitive wanted since police found a cache of guns, drugs and homemade bombs in a hand-dug bunker under his Coos Bay home was captured after reports the man was camping on an island in an Oregon river.
Jay Kenneth Yarbrough, 38, left a hospital ICU as police searched his home June 12.
He had remained at large until Sunday, when deputies took him into custody.
The break in the case started with reports that Yarbrough had camped on an island in the South Fork of the Coquille River near the Powers airport.
As deputies headed for Powers to investigate, dispatchers got a reported sighting of Yarbrough's silver Ford flatbed pickup on the Powers Highway near Hayes Hill.
Deputies already in that area located the truck. As the two vehicles passed one another, the occupant of the truck ducked as if to avoid being seen by the deputies, the sheriff's office said.
Deputies stopped the vehicle and found Yarbrough inside.
They took him into custody on a warrant stemming from the investigation at his Hull Street home in Coos Bay.
Deputies also arrested the driver of the truck, Tina Rossback.
Police said Yarbrough is being charged with Assault IV - Domestic (felony), Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Reckless Endangering, Possession of a Destructive Device, Unlawful Manufacturing of a Destructive Device, and Possession of a Hoax Destructive Device, Unlawful Possession of Short-Barreled Firearms, and Possession of a Controlled Substance II (methamphetamine).
Rossback was charged with Hindering Prosecution.
Yarbrough had been wanted since police responded to a report of domestic violence at his home earlier this month.
While there, investigators found illegal firearms, 7 homemade bombs and drugs. Yarbrough was in the hospital ICU at the time but left when he learned authorities were looking for him.