Date: March 31, 2017
Contact: Media Line Chief Randy Sparacino
“Your Police – Our Community”
Type of Incident: Suspects Sought in Bank Robberies
Date of incident: March 30th, 2017
Location of incident: Southern Oregon Area
*Update – Suspects Arrested*
On March 20th, 2017, Medford Police investigated a bank robbery at Bank of the Cascades, 3100 Crater Lake Hwy. During that investigation, detectives noticed similarities to other bank robberies in Southern Oregon and began working closely with other agencies as well as the F.B.I. During
the ensuing investigation, detectives developed two suspects in the bank robbery spree.
On March 30th, 2017, Ashland Police investigated a bank robbery in their city which also matched the several other cases being investigating. On March 30th, 2017 at about 10:00 p.m., detectives from Medford and Ashland executed a search warrant on the suspects’ residence in the 7600 block of Hwy 227, Trail, Oregon. Detectives also executed a search warrant on their vehicle which was seized after a traffic stop by Eagle Point Police in White City earlier that same day.
The search warrants revealed evidence linking them to the bank robbery spree. However, the suspects were not located. Today, felony warrants will be entered for both suspects who are believed to be in the listed vehicle. Their where-a-bouts are unknown and they are well aware law
enforcement is looking for them and may try to evade capture. Anyone with information is asked to contact Medford Police at 541-770-4783, and if they are on view, please call 911 immediately.
Shepard, John Steven
37 years old, 6’0”, 195 lbs
Address: 7600 block of Hwy 227, Trail, Oregon
Blank, Kimberly Ann
37 years old, 5’1”, 145 lbs
(tips of hair dyed pink)
2002 Subaru Legacy, green in color. OR/ 250FYW
Update – April 5, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.
On April 4th, 2017 at about 10:45 p.m., we were notified that John Shepard and Kimberly Blank were taken into custody by Fortuna Police Department in Northern California. Police had come across the couple after their vehicle, a red 1993 Chevrolet truck, was called in a suspicious. Officers contacted both suspects in the vehicle and they were arrested on the outstanding warrants without incident. The next step will be the extradition process to get them back to Oregon to face the numerous
bank robbery charges. They are not facing any charges in California stemming from the arrest.