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Raymon Beasley mugshot from December 26, 2013
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Raymon Beasley mugshot from December 26, 2013
Downloadable file: Beasley Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller reports on December 25, 2013, deputies arrested Raymon Eugene Beasley, 54 years old of Scio, in connection to a Menacing and Burglary in the 38000 block of NW Cherry Street in Scio. Linn County Emergency Dispatch received a report of a menacing at the Scio address at 7:05 pm Christmas night. Beasley was causing a disturbance at the location and ultimately pointed a firearm at his mother, Carole Knox, age 74, of Scio. Beasley left the residence prior to Mrs. Knox calling the Sheriff's Office. Deputies checked the area but were not able to locate him. At 9:34 pm Linn County Emergency Dispatch received another call from Mrs. Knox stating Beasley was back at the residence and was trying to make entry through the front door. The first deputy arrived on scene within three minutes of the call and confronted Beasley who was pointed a rifle, which was equipped with a laser sight, at the deputy. Beasley refused all commands given from the deputy from a point of cover. Beasley forced the door open and entered the house, a double wide mobile home. Mrs. Knox was able to leave the residence through another door. Linn County Regional SWAT was called in to assist. SWAT members deployed around the house to contain the situation while negotiators talked with Beasley who refused to come out of the house. At approximately 12:14 am heavy smoke was seen coming out of the house. Beasley came to a window and was pulled from the residence by SWAT members. He was treated for smoke inhalation before being taken to jail. There was substantial damage from the fire to the residence. The rifle in the residence at the time of the fire and has not been located by investigators at the time of this release so information regarding the type, make, or caliber is not available at this time. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Oregon State Police and assisted by the Linn-Benton Fire Investigative Team. Raymon Beasley was arrested for Burglary I and Menacing. He was lodged in the Linn County Jail on those charges as well as outstanding warrants out of Washington County for Failure to Appear on the original charge of Failure to Perform Duties of a Driver, Failure to Appear on the original charge of Driving While Revoked, and two counts of Failure to Appear II. Beasley also was also lodged on a Lebanon Municipal Court warrant for Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear II.