On March 31, 2023, at approximately 2:24AM, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 393 West View Drive in Otis for a report of a home invasion where gunshots had been fired. Deputies arrived on scene and found that no one had been injured by the gunshots. According to witnesses, five subjects wearing masks forced their way into the home. Two of the subjects were armed with firearms. The subjects then caused severe damage to the interior of the home and fled prior to Deputies arriving. The Lincoln County Major Crime Team responded to investigate the incident and process the crime scene.
At the conclusion of the investigation, four of the five subjects have been identified and arrested. Of those taken into custody, two of them were juveniles. The adult subjects arrested were 18-year-old Caleb Thomas of Toledo and 18-year-old Xavier Garcia of Siletz. The charges were as follows: Burglary in the First Degree, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Menacing, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Recklessly Endangering and Assault in the Fourth Degree.
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office would like to extend our thanks to the Lincoln City Police Department, the Newport Police Department, the Oregon State Police and the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office for their assistance with this investigation.
At this time the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office believes there is no risk to the public.