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Contact Person: Sheriff Chris Kaber
On Thursday (04/19/18) at approximately 5:30pm, a victim of a motorcycle theft saw a man riding his stolen motorcycle while wearing the victim’s stolen riding gear. The victim gave chase which ended in a crash in the 2800 block of Homedale Road. While Klamath County Sheriff’s Office deputies were responding, the suspect (Darrel Grisel) was held on the ground by the theft victim. When the first deputy arrived on scene, Grisel reached under his body, refusing to show his hands to the deputy; a struggle ensued. Grisel was taken into custody and was found to be in possession of a loaded pistol, a substantial quantity of methamphetamine, and a pipe bomb.
For cautionary reasons, six homes were temporarily evacuated and Homedale Road was closed for three hours while the Oregon State Police (Arson and Explosives Unit) from Central Point responded to clear the pipe bomb. After the Explosives Unit cleared the area by making safe a live pipe bomb, residents returned to their homes and the roadway was again safe for travel.
During a follow-up investigation, the Klamath Falls Police Department located additional stolen property at a residence where Grisel had been staying.
Darrel Grisel was treated at Sky Lakes Medical Center for scrapes and bruises and was then lodged at the Klamath County Jail charged with the following:
Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
Unlawful Possession of a Destructive Device
Probation Violation for Possession of a Weapon- Warrant issued by US Marshal Service
Theft First Degree
Burglary First Degree
(Potential for additional)