Deputies seek suspect in armed robbery, assault; two others arrested

Deputies seek suspect in armed robbery, assault; two others arrested
David Gonzales Jr. (above), Jonathan Foster (lower left) and Justina Chilcote were named as the three suspects in a home invasion robbery in Lyons Friday. Deputies are still looking for Gonzales in their investigation.

LYONS, Ore. -- Deputies are looking for a suspect in an armed robbery and assault that sent a Lyons man to the hospital Friday morning.

Two other people involved in a home-invasion robbery at the home of Wanda Foster, 67, and John Bach, 75, turned themselves in later that afternoon.

Officials said the incident started when Foster, who rents a room from Bach, let her son and two others inside the Lyons home. 

The three people, later identified as Mill City residents Jonathan Foster, 31 (Wanda's son); Justina Chilcote, 24; and David Gonzales Jr., assaulted Bach and threatened both residents with a pistol, officials said.

According to a report from the Linn County Sheriff's Office, the three suspects tied up Foster and Bach, took some household items and left in the 75-year-old's pickup truck.

Foster managed to call police at around 1:25 a.m. Friday.

Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller said Bach's airway was restricted because of how he was tied up. Medics took him to a hospital.

While the sheriff's office was searching the home for evidence, Salem Police notified investigators that Bach's pickup had been in a hit-and-run crash in their downtown district. Officers arrived to find that the pickup had been abandoned, and the driver of the other car was injured and taken to the hospital.

At around 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jonathan Foster and Justina Chilcote turned themselves into the Linn County Sheriff's Office in Albany. Both face multiple charges including attempted murder, kidnapping, robbery and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

The sheriff's office is still looking for the third suspect, David Gonzales Jr.

He is described as 6'2" tall, around 220 pounds with red hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information regarding this incident or the whereabouts of David James Gonzales Jr. is asked to contact Detective Beth Miller at (541) 967-3950.