Lane County manhunt underway for ‘armed, dangerous’ suspect

Crime

Oen Nicholson may be connected to a triple homicide in Bend

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A manhunt is underway in Lane County on Friday for a suspect officials believe is connected to 3 homicides in a hit-and-run, at a marijuana store and at an RV trailer park.

Investigators later identified the suspect as 30-year-old Oen Evan Nicholson. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office said a crash happened around noon on Hwy 126 in Noti. The driver of a white Dodge fled the scene.

Nicholson is suspected of killing a person and stealing their truck, a white Dodge, before running over two people Friday near a casino in the coastal city of North Bend, leaving one of them dead. He’s then accused of shooting and killing someone inside a cannabis shop in the city about 220 miles southwest of Portland.

Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier identified the person fatally struck at an RV park at the Mill Casino as 74-year-old Anthony Oyster. His wife, 73-year-old Linda Oyster, also was hit and was in critical condition at a hospital Saturday. They are a couple from Florida, Frasier said.

The prosecutor said 47-year-old Coos Bay resident Jennifer L. Davidson was fatally shot at the marijuana dispensary. Authorities have not been able to notify the family of the third person who was killed, so their name has not been released.

Frasier also released the name of the deceased person in the trailer at the RV Park of The Mill Casino in North Bend. He is identified as 83-year-old Charles Simms Nicholson, and investigators believe that Oen Nicholson is the son of Charles Nicholson.

The Dodge’s license plates are 243LWL. Oen Nicholson is described as a white man, 6-feet-2 and weighing approximately 200 pounds. He has short hair and is wearing a dark shirt and jeans.

He is considered to be armed and dangerous.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

A picture of the suspect being sought in Lane County on June 18, 2021. (OSP)

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