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Police: Robbery suspects caught after car chase, K-9 search

EUGENE, Ore. -- Two men are in custody after police say they robbed a home at gunpoint late Saturday night near the University of Oregon campus. Officers caught up with the two suspects using a tracking application on a cell phone stolen from the house.

The duo tried to drive away from police after they were spotted driving through the UO campus. After a short car chase in the university area, the suspects crashed their car on Franklin Blvd. and fled on foot.

A police K-9 unit located the men, later identified as Portland residents Demetrius Hillman, 20, and Conor Williams, 19, after a short foot chase near Garden Ave.

The incident started at around 11:20 p.m. Saturday when two armed men went into a house near 17th and Hilyard and threatened a male victim. The suspects left with cash, cell phones and other valuables, Eugene Police spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin said.

Officials said the victim had a tracking app on his cell phone that police used to follow the suspects.

According to police, an EPD sergeant spotted Hillman and Williams driving west on a closed-off portion of 13th Avenue through the University of Oregon campus. He tried to stop the car near the UO Recreation Center, but the driver (Hillman) sped off down 15th Ave., McLaughlin said.

Hillman tried turning from Orchard Street onto Franklin Blvd. but his Dodge Stratus hit the concrete divider for the EmX bus lane. Both men got out of the car and ran north across Franklin.

Conor Thurston Williams, 19
(not pictured: Demetrius Earl Hillman, age 20)

Police set up a perimeter, and a Eugene Police K-9 team located Conor Williams (pictured at right) hiding in a brushy slough near the Mill Race.

The K-9 officer located Hillman in dense shrubbery off of Garden Avenue. Hillman tried to fight the police dog and run away, however Eugene Police said he was quickly taken into custody.

Hillman was taken to the hospital for an evaluation after his fight with the K-9, and officials said that doctors found "other matters of concern". It is unclear if they are a result of the arrest or a pre-existing condition.

Police charged Williams with first-degree robbery, interfering with police, unlawful use of a weapon and menacing.

Charges for Hillman's involvement are pending, as he is currently receiving treatment at the hospital.

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