North Bay crime spree suspect also Oregon murder suspect

May 2, 2013 2:04:09 PM PDT
Oregon State Police say that a man arrested on suspicion of carjacking, attempted carjacking and kidnapping in Sonoma and Marin counties also is a suspect in a homicide in Oregon.

Jeffrey Griffin Boyce, 30, of North Bend, Ore. is the primary suspect in the murder of a woman at the Winchester Wayfinding Point along U.S. Highway 101 three miles south of Reedsport, Ore., Oregon State Police Lt. Steve Mitchell said in a news release.

Investigators have identified the woman and are waiting for confirmation from the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office, Mitchell said.

A couple found the woman's body around 8:20 a.m. Sunday, and the initial investigation indicates the homicide occurred that morning, Oregon State Police said.

On Monday, Boyce was arrested in the Bay Area. Rohnert Park police said Boyce kidnapped a man and forced him to drive in the victim's BMW to a church then back to the shopping center around 4:30 p.m.

Boyce then allegedly carjacked the BMW and drove to Marin County.

San Francisco police informed Bay Area law enforcement agencies Boyce was reportedly mentally ill and was in possession of firearms.

San Francisco police also were informed by Boyce's mother that her son might be seeking asylum at the Russian consulate in San Francisco.

Boyce then allegedly tried to carjack a Mill Valley's woman's 2013 Toyota Tacoma in the Bon Air Shopping Center in Greenbrae around 6:30 p.m. Monday.

The woman was able to calm Boyce down and he walked away when he heard approaching police sirens.

The Central Marin Police Authority then arrested Boyce after he allegedly tried to break into a residence on Elizabeth Circle in Greenbrae, Central Marin Police Authority Cpl. Sethi Jervan said.

Boyce is being held under no bail in the Marin County jail on six felony charges that include attempted carjacking, false imprisonment, threatening to commit a crime and attempted first-degree burglary.

Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety Sgt. Aaron Johnson said Rohnert Park police found several hundred bullets and six 30-round magazines in the truck Boyce left behind in Rohnert Park, Sgt. Aaron Johnson said.


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