Robert Kris Stanley of Brookings was arrested in Shelton, Washington, and charged with two counts of attempted murder and one of first-degree assault in the Dec. 28 shooting of William Terebesi in Harbor .
The Major Crime Team, comprised of representatives of the Curry County District Attorney and Brookings, Gold Beach, Port Orford and state police, spent the past two weeks investigating the case, interviewing people and eventually learned Stanley might be connected with the shooting.
At that point, he was said to be staying at a motel in Washington.
They obtained a warrant Jan. 5 and a Mason County Sheriff’s Office arrested him, drove him to Portland and handed him over to Oregon law enforcement and brought back to Curry County.
“We tracked him down, sent a deputy and detective to watch him Saturday,” Ward said. “He had no idea we knew where we was.”
Stanley, 27, is originally from South Carolina. He was formally charged on the three counts Thursday in Curry County Circuit Court in Gold Beach.
According to law enforcement reports, Terebesi was at his storage unit on Oceanview Drive in Harbor at about 8 p.m. that Thursday when Stanley allegedly approached him, started a conversation and shot the man twice.
Terebesi said he’d never seen his assailant before.
Terebesi, 46, called 911, met police at the sheriff’s substation at the Port of Brookings Harbor and was transported to Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. He remains in an undisclosed hospital where Ward said “he is doing better.”
Terebesi has a criminal record that includes various moving violations and three third-degree rape convictions in 2003 for which he was convicted and sentenced to two years in prison.