A man accused of assaulting a Medford bartender when he lost $600 at video lottery is facing an additional felony robbery charge after more information about the alleged crime was reported.
The Jackson County District Attorney’s office lodged a charge of first-degree robbery against Frankie Julius Parker, 34, after Medford investigators conducted another interview with the victim and took a second look at her injuries, according to Karen Loomis, senior deputy district attorney.
“After this information became available we felt the crime rose to the level of first-degree robbery,” Loomis said.
Police said Parker was drinking and gambling at Rumors Lounge on North Riverside Avenue earlier this week when he lost $600 in the lottery machines. They said he became intoxicated before the bar closed at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Police said he left he bar, only to return a short time later saying that he had left his wallet inside.
The 61-year-old Rumors employee attempted to find the wallet, but she did not let Parker back into the bar. Police said when she opened the door a crack to explain that the wallet was not in the bar, Parker forced open the door and attacked the woman, choking her.
The woman’s husband was working in the bar’s kitchen and heard the commotion. He reportedly grabbed a pool cue and confronted Parker to stop the assault, police said. Parker fled the bar but was soon found hiding behind a nearby Dumpster, police said.
He originally was arrested on charges of second-degree burglary, third-degree robbery, fourth-degree assault and strangulation.
The added charge of first-degree robbery carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence of seven years and six months, under Measure 11 guidelines.
This story originally appeared in Medford Mail Tribune.