Myrtle Creek man arrested following manhunt involving multiple agencies

(Douglas County Sheriff's Office booking photo)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A Myrtle Creek man was arrested in Roseburg Tuesday charged with kidnapping and menacing, among other charges, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said.

Around 9 p.m. Tuesday, 42-year-old Sherman Lee Plale was arrested on Corvallis Avenue, west of the Douglas County Fairgrounds, after a Roseburg Police K-9 unit tracked him down during a manhunt involving several law enforcement agencies from Douglas County, police said.

Plale's crime spree began earlier in the evening when he walked into Lincare on Mulholland Drive at about 6:30 p.m., police said. He displayed a knife and demanded money from one of the employees.

Plale fled the business in a blue Ford Explorer after taking the employee's wallet, the report said.

Plale then drove to 605 Amanda Street and broke into an unoccupied residence. Police said he ransacked the house and stole a cordless drill. The Lincare employee's wallet was later found at this location.

From there, Plale then forced his way into another residence on Amanda Street where he pointed the cordless drill at the residents (a 68-year-old man and a 66-year-old woman) and demanded the keys to the couple's Kia Sorento.

Plale fled in the stolen Sorento and drove to 493 Corvallis Avenue where he confronted a 49-year-old woman in her garage, police said. He pointed a gun at her, forced her inside the residence and demanded keys to a car that was parked out front., the report said. The victim gave Plale the car keys and he left.

He ended up fleeing in the original stolen Sorento which was found crashed into a tree in the 200 block of Corvallis Avenue, police said.

Plale was lodged in the Douglas County Jail on multiple charges including: First Degree Robbery, First Degree Kidnapping, First Degree Burglary, First Degree Theft, First Degree Criminal Mischief, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Menacing and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Roseburg Police Department, Winston Police Department, Sutherlin Police Department and the Oregon State Police.

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