Assault suspect plays cat & mouse with police

SUTHERLIN, Ore. -- Sutherlin police spent a couple of hours looking for a man who assaulted his ex-girlfriend, eventually catching up with him at a local hotel.

Sgt. Justin Marquis of the Sutherlin police says they were called to a residence in the 300 block of Kruse Street just before 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, after a report was made that Ronald Gene Castleman, 41, had head-butted his ex-girlfriend and slashed tires on a vehicle.

Police say the man had already left when they arrived, and a two-hour game of cat and mouse ensued.

Officers say the man went back to the residence after they left, and told someone there to call 911 because he was, "tired of running in the rain," according to Sgt. Marquis.

When officers arrived back at the residence, they say he had changed his mind and left again.

Police spotted the man a little after 8:00 p.m. walking down Central, and they say he ran from them, leading them on a short foot pursuit.

They caught up with him allegedly trying to get into a locked room at the Relax Inn.

Police used a Taser to subdue him, and he was arrested and taken to the Douglas County Jail.

He was charged with second degree escape, fourth degree assault and disorderly conduct, among other charges.

His bail Wednesday morning was set at $158,750.