By Tom Hubka
Pilot staff writer
A Harbor man who allegedly shot another man last week remained at large Tuesday, but his truck has been found and searched, and three other people, including a possible accomplice, have been arrested as the investigation continues.
Joshua Bond, 18, of Harbor, is still wanted by the Curry County Sheriff's Office for allegedly shooting Wayne Cramer, 27, of Brookings, in the leg July 5 after attempting to steal Cramer's car stereo.
Cramer allegedly followed Bond to the Peavine Ridge area where he confronted Bond, at which time Bond shot him.
It now appears another man, David James "DJ" Rhodes Jr., 21, of Smith River, was driving Bond's truck as Cramer followed. Authorities had earlier believed Bond had been alone during the incident.
A team of sheriff's office officials, acting on information that Bond was taking shelter at Rhodes' South Bank River Road residence, entered the home Friday afternoon, July 6, after nobody answered the door.
According to authorities, Rhodes was found in the master bedroom where he had been watching officers on a surveillance camera. He was arrested on a warrant out of Josephine County for identity theft and traffic offenses.
Bond was not found in the home.
As deputies were preparing to leave, a van with five people pulled up to the home. Seeing the police officers, who ordered them to stop, the driver backed out of the driveway and sped off eastbound on South Bank Chetco River Road.
After a brief, 2-mile pursuit, the vehicle stopped near Campbell road. The driver, Tays E. Salazar, 31, of Smith River, was arrested for attempting to elude police and several counts of reckless endangering and reckless driving.
Another passenger, Dustin D. Scott, 27, of Smith River, was arrested on a Curry County Circuit Court warrant for two counts of driving under the influence. Rhodes, Salazar and Scott were taken to the Curry County Jail.
Three female passengers in the van were identified and later released.
Monday afternoon, the truck Rhodes and Bond fled in was found parked off Winchuck River Road. Authorities obtained a search warrant and were in the process of searching the van Tuesday. Authorities did not release the results of the search.
A felony warrant is still out for Bond, charging him with attempted murder, first-degree assault, unlawful entry of a motor vehicle and first-degree theft.
Anyone with information about the incident or Bond's whereabouts should immediately call 911, Curry County Crime Stoppers at (541) 412-0989 or (888) 974-0000 or the Curry County Sheriff's Office at (541) 469-3132 or (800) 282-7694.
Calls to Crime Stoppers can be made anonymously and rewards are available for information leading to Bond's arrest or the location of the weapon used in the shooting.
Officials are warning the public not to attempt to apprehend Bond if found. Instead, call law enforcement immediately.