Deputies Seek Wimer Assault Suspect (Photo)
UPDATE - Wimer Suspect Shot in Unrelated Incident
Update 8/14/18 at 3:40 p.m.:
Deputies are no longer searching for Eddie Joseph Correia, Jr. According to the Oregon State Police, Correia is currently receiving medical attention in Medford after a shooting reported in Cave Junction (Josephine County) on August 14, 2018.
The investigation into the August 10 assault in Wimer continues (details in original release). No further updates to that case are available for release at this time.
WIMER, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies are looking for a wanted man suspected of assaulting a man over the weekend. Deputies say Eddie Joseph Correia, Jr., 34, a transient from the Grants Pass area, pointed a handgun at a 19-year-old man at the Wimer Family Market and assaulted him with the help of an accomplice.
On Friday, August 10, 2018, at 8:04 p.m., deputies were dispatched to an assault at the Wimer Family Market, located at 8816 East Evans Creek Road. The caller reported a man armed with a handgun “pistol whipped” the victim in the parking lot. A woman with Correia, later identified as Lindsey Anne Jordan, 29, also struck the victim. The victim was reportedly acquainted with Jordan, but did not know Correia prior to the incident.
Deputies say after the assault, Correia and Jordan fled in a white Dodge pickup with a broken rear window to a residence associated with Jordan in the 6900-block of East Evans Creek Road. A deputy located Jordan as she tried to leave the residence as a passenger in another vehicle. She was taken into custody and later lodged in jail on a charge of third degree assault.
The victim went to the hospital by private vehicle for treatment for facial injuries, described as contusions and lacerations. He was treated and released.
Deputies served a search warrant on the residence in an effort to locate Correia and evidence related to the case. The JCSO SWAT team assisted with the warrant service because Correia was reportedly armed and has a criminal history involving firearms.
Correia was not located at the residence; he is believed to have fled into a wooded area nearby prior to deputies’ arrival. During the search, deputies located a handgun in the residence. It is confirmed whether it is the same firearm used in the assault, or whether Correia has access to additional firearms.
Deputies encountered several people during the warrant service. Kyle Flury Palomino, 26, who was not involved in the assault, was arrested on an outstanding warrant and transported to jail. Palomino was also charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine.
Deputies believe Correia returned to the residence after the warrant service and fled again in the white Dodge truck. Just after 3:00 a.m., deputies located the truck abandoned about a mile away on Pinegrove Road. Attempts to locate Correia in the area were unsuccessful.
Deputies have probable cause to arrest Correia on charges related to this incident. In addition, Correia has a state-wide (Oregon) felony arrest warrant for violating the terms of his post-prison supervision.
Correia is six feet tall and weighs about 245 pounds. He has numerous tattoos, including on both eyelids and the number “13 ½” on his throat.
Deputies urge citizens to not approach Correia and to call their local law enforcement agency if they know his whereabouts. Those with other information about the case can call Deputy Adam Osborne at (541) 774-6800. Refer to case #18-16778.