SWAT assists police in capturing suspect

After an almost four-hour standoff, Lebanon police were able to take into custody a male suspect on domestic-related charges.

Lebanon police detectives observed the suspect, Matthew Garrett Fox, 30, of Lebanon, in the 200 block of E. Carolina St. at about 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23. As detectives attempted to take the male into custody, he fled into his residence. Multiple attempts were made to safely take Fox into custody prior to this event.

A search warrant was obtained and assistance was requested from the Linn County Regional SWAT team due to the suspect’s history. After the SWAT team arrived, several more attempts were made to encourage Fox to surrender. He ultimately complied and was taken into custody at 6:48 p.m.

Fox was charged with two counts of strangulation, fourth-degree assault, harassment and resisting arrest. He was lodged at the Linn County Jail.

The Lebanon Police Department was assisted by members from the Oregon State Police, Albany Police Department, Linn County Sheriff’s Office and Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Det. James Glover at 541.258.4326.