NEMAH — The would-be Bonnie and Clyde who allegedly robbed a Nemah couple after riddling their home with bullet holes on Saturday morning didn’t get far. Law enforcement officers arrested Joshua A. Turner, 26, of Naselle, at about 8 p.m. on Tuesday night, as he walked alongside a road in Coos County, Oregon. They arrested his girlfriend, Sincer-a Marie Nerton, 19, also of Naselle, in Coos County on Wednesday morning.
The Pacific County Sheriff’s Office gave few details about the arrests on Wednesday, but documents filed in Pacific County Superior Court do reveal more about the unusually violent home invasion, in which Nerton allegedly held her own grandmother and her two guests at gunpoint.
In a police interview following the incident, the 52-year-old grandmother told deputies Nerton and Turner had “crazy eyes” during the robbery, and had made her fear for her life.
The woman and her girlfriend, 25, were sleeping in the bedroom when they awoke to the sound of gunfire between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. on March 3, Shortly after, Nerton and Turner allegedly burst into their bedroom, “armed with several firearms,” and “fired two shots into the ceiling,” according to a probable cause statement. Turner allegedly ordered the women not to move, telling them that “if they did, he would shoot them.”
Nerton then allegedly held them at gunpoint, while Turner went into another bedroom where a male guest was sleeping. Turner allegedly pointed a shotgun at the man and ordered him into the women’s bedroom. Nerton reportedly handcuffed the women together. The man was not handcuffed, but told deputies he was held at gunpoint.
Fueled by meth
The alleged victims estimated Nerton and Turner spent 60 to 90 minutes carrying items from the home to their hatchback car, including $2,320 in cash, a prepaid debit card worth $240, an SKS rifle, a Remington .22 rifle, jewelry and all three victims’ cell phones.
While robbing the home, Nerton and Turner allegedly “took turns smoking methamphetamine.” The 52-year-old woman also told deputies she had observed track marks — small puncture wounds caused by injecting IV drugs — “all over” her granddaughter’s arms.
According to the report, Nerton lived with her grandmother on and off for about 12 years. Most recently, they stayed with her for about a month, but she kicked them out about two weeks before the robbery occurred. That may have been a factor — Nerton allegedly repeatedly told her grandmother she was “dead to [her]” during the robbery.
The couple allegedly told the three victims they would kill them if they called the police before leaving. As they drove away, the younger woman was able to write down the license plate number on their assailants’ car. The older woman went to a neighbor’s home, where she called for help at 6:14 a.m.
When deputies arrived about 45 minutes later, they reportedly found 14 rifle casings from an AK-47 outside the home. There were several bullet holes in the house’s French doors. Inside the bedroom, investigators found casings from a .308 rifle, a 30-06 rifle, two shotguns, and a .22-caliber gun. They found bullet holes in the wall just above the women’s bed.
Deputies learned that the license plate on the couple’s hatchback was registered to a pickup belonging to Turner. They searched for Nerton and Turner in Nemah and Naselle, before learning that the pair had likely gone to Coos County. The deputies sent out a “Be on the lookout,” or “BOLO” advisory to other law enforcement agencies around the Northwest. Investigators also contacted authorities in Coos County, who began following leads there.
On Monday, Pacific County Prosecutor Mark McClain sought warrants for Nerton and Turner on suspicion of first-degree robbery, first-degree kidnapping, theft of a firearm and second-degree theft. A judge granted $500,000 warrants for each,
The Oregon law enforcement officials were not available for comment on March 7.
This is a developing news story. It will be updated as new information becomes available.