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Police: Winchester Bay man attacked, robbed while sleeping

Joshua Lee Roberts (Douglas County Sheriff's Office booking photo)
Joshua Lee Roberts (Douglas County Sheriff's Office booking photo)
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WINCHESTER BAY, Ore. -- A Winchester Bay man was attacked and robbed Friday morning and authorities have made an arrest in connection to the case.

Just after 5 a.m. Friday, Douglas County 911 received a medical alert alarm activated by a man at Fisherman's Mobile Home Park.

When the ambulance arrived, they learned the man had been assaulted leading Douglas County Sheriff's deputies to investigate.

Police say the man was assaulted while he was asleep. The suspect stole several firearms and an undisclosed amount of cash.

An alert deputy spotted a man exiting a nearby wooded area on foot and engaged in a foot pursuit, eventually taking the man into custody.

The suspect, identified as 25-year-old Joshua Lee Roberts of Eureka, California, was taken into custody a

Joshua Roberts has not yet been arrested on the crimes stemming from this incident, police said. "He has been arrested on the warrant out of California and is currently in custody," Douglas County Sheriff's Office said. An earlier press release incorrectly stated Roberts had been arrested for new crimes. "At this time, he has only been arrested on the warrant; however, the charges are imminent," the sheriff's office said.

"We are working with the District Attorney's Office on procedural matters related to the incident," said Lt. Chris Merrifield with Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

The 62-year-old victim was transported to an undisclosed hospital for treatment of injuries sustained during the robbery.

The victim's property was recovered by law enforcement.

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Oregon State Police assisted along with Reedsport and Coos Bay police departments.

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