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California Charges For Bend Murder Suspect

RED BLUFF, CA -- The Redmond man suspected of killing 23-year-old Kaylee Sawyer in Bend is awaiting arraignment for a number of felonies in California, stemming from crimes allegedly committed while on the run from Central Oregon. Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel has filed a Murder charge against Edwin Lara, in connection with Sawyer's disappearance. 


According to the Tehama County Jail, Lara is being held without bail on pending charges including Assault with a Firearm, Carjacking, Kidnapping and Attempted Murder. Police believe he went on a crime spree early Tuesday after he was identified as a person of interest in Sawyer's disappearance. 


He was arrested Tuesday morning in Red Bluff, California with 19-year-old Aundreah Maes, of Salem. Maes' great uncle told a Portland TV station that Lara jumped into her car at a Salem parking lot. According to the relative, Lara had a gun and abducted Maes and took her car. She was with the suspect when he allegedly shot a man at a Yreka, California motel and carjacked another woman.


Maes was initially booked with Lara at the Tehama County Jail, but her great uncle says all charges have been dropped. She is no longer listed as an inmate. 



Photo: Courtesy of the Tehama Co. Jail

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