Eugene, Ore. – On January 10 at 10:52 p.m., a Eugene man, age 30, went to Skinners Butte to meet up with a woman. The man reported he arrived and a woman got into his truck and demanded money, then robbed him at gunpoint. She fled in a sedan driven by a man. The victim did not know either person and he followed the sedan in his truck from Skinners Butte Park to north bound Delta Highway. The woman fired a gun at the truck near the intersection of Delta Highway and the Valley River Drive bridge.
The victim was able to find the female suspect online and provided a photo. A license plate for the sedan was also found. Eugene Police Property Crimes Unit began working the case and identified the woman as Cylie Laylani Hepton, age 29.
At 3:03 p.m. on January 11, a robbery was reported in the parking lot of Costco after a suspect tried to steal a customer’s purse out of her vehicle while she was putting her shopping cart away and juggling a toddler. The victim, age 31, jumped behind the suspect’s vehicle to block them in but the suspect backed the vehicle up into her while she was holding her child. A second female, age 41, stood in front of the vehicle, allowing the victim to grab her purse back from a woman sitting the passenger side of the suspect’s vehicle. The vehicle was the same one as involved in the Skinner’s Butte incident. As the vehicle was fleeing, the victim took photos of the suspect vehicle and occupants.
On January 11 at around 8:35 p.m., the Street Crimes Unit located Hepton and the male accomplice, later identified as Christopher Tyler Lundy, age 25, in a sedan in front of a local hotel in the 1100 block of W. 6th Avenue. With the assistance of EPD SWAT, they were both detained. Hepton was in possession of a handgun in her waistband. Both Hepton and Lundy were transported to Lane County Jail and lodged on a charge of Robbery in the First Degree, and warrants. Case 22-00563 and case 22-00624.
Police are seeking additional witness who may have observed the incident which occurred at Costco, particularly any cell phone video which may have been taken. Additionally, police have reason to believe Hepton may have committed additional similar armed robberies recently. Police would like to encourage victims to come forward, regardless of the circumstance which led to meeting Hepton and are including Hepton’s mugshot for this purpose.
Please contact Detective Trotter at 541-682-5168 if you have any additional information or if you were a victim of Hepton.
(information directly from EPD)