Medford Police Arrest Man for Attempted Murder after an Assault on Nov. 18th


News Release from Medford Police Dept.
December 12th, 2023

***Updated 12/12/23 at 12:00PM***

It is with heavy hearts that we announce that the victim in this case has passed away due to her injuries sustained in this case. Jessa D. Delyon ( 51 years old) passed away on Tuesday, December 5 at 6:18pm after being taken off of life support. This was 17 days after she was assaulted.

The suspect, Anthony Siple (22 years old) has now been charged with two counts of Murder in the Second Degree, Manslaughter in the First Degree and Robbery in the First Degree.  This case was presented to the Jackson County Grand Jury, who determined that there was probable cause to arrest Siple on the above listed charges. He remains lodged at the Jackson County Jail where he has been since his arrest on November 18th.

Further information about the prosecution of this case and any case specifics can be referred to the Jackosn County District Attorney’s office.

*** Original Release 11-20-23***

On Saturday morning, November 18th at 6:16 AM, Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon (ECSO) began receiving multiple calls about a disturbance on North Keene Way Drive near North Medford High School. Some of the callers reported a female screaming and a male assaulting the female. Almost immediately, ECSO received a phone call from the involved male, who told dispatcher’s that he had just assaulted a female and made somewhat incoherent statements.

Officers arrived in the area within 3 minutes and the first responding officer contacted 22-year-old Anthony Siple walking away from the scene with evidence that he had been involved in an assault. He was taken into custody immediately. Other responding officers located the 51-year-old female victim nearby, in serious condition. Medical responders arrived and transported the victim to a nearby hospital. She remains in critical condition.

Anthony Siple was arrested and lodged at the Jackson County Jail for Attempted Murder and Assault in the First Degree. The investigation is on-going, but Medford Police Detectives believe that the suspect and victim were unknown to each other. The suspect used a blunt object during this assault and this object has been recovered. The female victim frequently made morning walks and lives in the area of the assault.

“While stranger-on-stranger assaults are extremely rare, the police department cautions people to remain vigilant during outside activities”, says Lieutenant Geoff Kirkpatrick. Being in groups, walking during daylight hours, carrying protective measures, and remaining aware of your surroundings are all important steps for your continued safety. Our heart goes out to the victim and her family and we are hopeful for a full recovery.

Detectives are continuing to determine a motivation for this assault. Records indicate that the suspect is homeless and from the Ashland area. He has had minor contacts with law enforcement in Jackson County over the past year including arrests for relatively minor crimes.

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