A man suspected of robbing Chase Bank on Crater Lake Avenue in Medford yesterday made use of a vehicle owned by Jackson County for his getaway. It turns out Nicholas York is a mental health patient, and a County Health Department caseworker gave him a ride to the bank. The caseworker waited inside the car, unaware of the robbery. He displayed no weapon, however the frightened bank employee complied with his demands.
After stopping at the bank, the 35-year old was driven back to his room at the Cedar Lodge Motel. A witness took down the license plate number of the car. When it was traced to the county, authorities interviewed the case worker, who gave them York’s name.
When law enforcement visited York, he was still wearing the same clothes he had on during the robbery. York was taken into custody. The stolen money was recovered. Police also learned there was an outstanding warrant on York, dealing with a marijuana possession charge in Clackamas County.