Updated information: On Tuesday January 24th detectives from the Ashland Police Department arrested Justin Anthony Marbury, a 28 year old Medford man, on five counts of criminal mischief. The police department would like to make it clear that Marbury was arrested for defacing othersí property with the flyers, not directly for what the flyers contained. However, the police department also recognizes that the particularly incendiary nature of the flyers made this situation more alarming and concerning to the department and to members of the community than a more innocuous flyer would have. While hate speech is protected under the United States and Oregon constitution, the Ashland Police Department will do everything it can to ensure all members of the community feel as safe as possible from perceived threats to their safety.
Previous information: Today, January 23, 2017, the Ashland Police Department received several complaints of hate-speech flyers being left in the downtown area overnight. The flyers, one of which is depicted below, reference white supremacy and the Nazi party.
A potential person of interest has been identified, and the APD is asking for the publicís help with identification. The person pictured with one of the flyers below is believed to be local to Ashland, or at least Jackson County. If anyone recognizes this person they are asked to call the Ashland Police at 541-482-5211.
Please note the distinctive mask and camouflage back pack the person appears to be carrying.
Please direct any questions to Chief Tighe OíMeara.