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Cell phone, car allegedly disabled in July Detroit assault

Reporter for The Canyon Weekly

The indictment of a Mill City man accused of attacking, then shooting at his girlfriend while camping outside Detroit last month has shed light on the efforts he allegedly undertook to keep her from fleeing.

On July 29, an indictment against Christopher Ryan Favor, 36, described how the defendant allegedly disabled the victim’s vehicle and damaged her cell phone, which supports a statement by the victim that she had to walk several miles in the dark seeking help.

Favor was charged with second-degree assault, strangulation, unlawful use of a weapon, first-degree criminal mischief, and second-degree criminal mischief. As of press time, he was held in the Linn County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

He was arrested July 9 after the Linn County Sheriff’s office received reports around 4:30 a.m. that a woman had approached campers near Detroit Lake saying she had just been attacked and shot at by her boyfriend. One of the campers called 911 and responding deputies observed injuries on the victim consistent with her account.

Favor was located at a campsite south of Detroit Lake on Forest Service Road NF-634 and was arrested.

This was Favor’s 11th arrest in Oregon for violent offenses against people or property, dating back to 2004.

These include:

May 24, 2004, Favor was charged with menacing, second-degree intimidation and DUII. He was later sentenced to 15 days in jail.

July 13, 2004, he was charged with third-degree sexual abuse and contributing to the dilenquency of a minor. He was sentenced to five years probation, with a record of numerous violations resulting in four 30-day jail sentences.

Sept. 12, 2005, he was charged with two counts of reckless endangerment and sentenced to two years of anger management counseling and 30 days in jail.

Oct. 21, 2012, he was charged with two counts of second-degree criminal mischief, and sentenced to 18 months probation. The court found Favor had mental health problems resulting in an inability to control violent outbursts and ordered evaluation and treatment.

Nov. 11, 2012, he was charged with third-degree robbery, third-degree theft, resisting arrest, and second-degree criminal mischief, and was sentenced to 13 months in prison.

Nov. 29, 2013, he was charged with menacing, unlawful use of a weapon, attempted fourth-degree assault and second-degree criminal mischief, and charged with first-degree criminal mischief in a separate case. He was sentenced to 19 months in prison.

Dec. 2 and 19, 2013, he was charged in separate cases with fourth-degree assault and sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Sept. 3, 2019, he was charged with first-degree criminal mischief and sentenced to 60 days in jail.

If convicted of his current charges, he faces at least 70 months in prison under Measure 11 guidelines.

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