FBI Portland
Beth Anne Steele
(503) 460-8099
April 28, 2016

FBI Arrests Medford Man on Explosives Charge

At approximately noon on Thursday, April 28, 2016, FBI agents and Medford Police officers served a federal search warrant at an apartment on Poplar Drive in Medford. Inside, they found what appeared to be several pipe bombs. The Oregon State Police Explosives Unit responded, and members of that unit have rendered the devices safe.

There are two men who live at that apartment, and one was home at the time of the search. Agents and officers detained him for a short while until the scene could be secured, but he has been released and is not charged. FBI agents located a second resident of the apartment at another Medford location shortly after entering the residence. This second man, 61-year-old John Martin Roos, was the subject of the search warrant. Agents made a probable cause arrest of Roos, charging him with threatening the president of the United States and and use of an interstate facility to transmit threats. The United States Secret Service is assisting in this investigation.

Roos is currently housed in the Jackson County Jail. Roos will likely make an initial appearance before a U.S. Magistrate Judge on in the next few days. Assistant United States Attorney Bud Fitzgerald is prosecuting this case.

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.