By Boyd C. Allen

Pilot Staff Writer

John Simpson, 46, of Gold Beach, was arrested Thursday morning, accused of ramming his vehicle into two storefronts at the port –– Jerry’s Rogue River Museum and Gift Shop and Jerry’s reservation office, according to Gold Beach police reports.

Simpson was arrested on “multiple warrants and multiple new charges,” the report said. No one was injured during the incidents.

Retail Manager Kim Wykoff said Simpson was identified in security footage and arrested around 7 a.m., although the stores were actually struck around 3 a.m. Simpson fled the scene.

Security footage posted on the store’s Facebook page showed the front of the building jumping inward on impact as the front counter and goods scattered across the floor.

The vandalism occurred in two separate acts on two separate buildings and was clearly not an accident, according to Wykoff. She would not speculate on a motive and said owner Scott McNair – one of the owners of both businesses – would act as the official spokesperson about the incident.

The Pilot has not been able to reach McNair. Wykoff said he is traveling out of town on a pre-planned trip.

Gold Beach Police Chief Tracy Wood did not answer requests for comment.

Court reports indicate Simpson was charged with criminal mischief earlier this year and in November 2017.

Wykoff said the incidents are under investigation.

Current Curry County arrest records show Simpson being held on $335,000 bail for three warrants and charges including burglary, theft, hit and run and criminal mischief.

Reach Boyd C. Allen at ballen@currypilot.com .

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