Failed robbery attempt in Otis leads to attempted murder charges


OTIS — Two Otis residents face attempted murder charges and a third was indicted for serious felonies after a failed robbery attempt on May 19.

At about 10 p.m., three Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies and a Lincoln City police officer were in the Otis area investigating a disturbance call. While at the scene, they heard what sounded like gunshots coming from the area of North Fawn Drive. Two units left the disturbance call and began investigating the shots they had just heard.

Three minutes later, dispatch received a 911 call from a resident near the shooting location. The 911 caller reported a subject came to his door saying he had been shot. Deputies went to the location where the shots were reported and began investigating the incident, however, they could not immediately locate the victim. A sheriff’s office K9 team was called to the scene to assist in finding the still-unknown victim. Deputy Derick Smith and K9 Nix located the victim in the yard of a nearby property.  The victim had not sustained life-threatening injuries.

The Lincoln County Major Crime Team was activated to continue the investigation. The team consists of members from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln City Police Department, Newport Police Department, Toledo Police Department, Oregon State Police, Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Investigators determined the incident was a failed robbery attempt that escalated to the point of gunshots being fired at the victim. A search warrant was executed at a residence on North Fawn Drive, which yielded a firearm and other evidence of the firearm having been discharged during the robbery attempt. Three suspects were taken into custody in connection with the incident.

On May 28, a Lincoln County grand jury indicted 35-year-old Nelson Leonard Jackson, 31-year-old Glenn Lavaughn Thompson and 49-year-old Bobby Jo Monk, all residents of Otis, on numerous felony and misdemeanor charges. Jackson and Thompson both face charges of attempted murder in the second degree with a firearm. All three were charged with robbery in the first degree with a firearm, criminal conspiracy to commit robbery in the first degree with a firearm, robbery in the second degree with a firearm, criminal conspiracy to commit robbery in the second degree, robbery in the third degree, criminal conspiracy to commit robbery in the third degree, felon in possession of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon with a firearm. Jackson and Thompson are also charged with attempted assault in the first degree with a firearm, attempted assault in the second degree with a firearm, attempted assault in the third degree and menacing. 

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