Oregon robber captured almost one year after escaping jail
A bank robber who spent nearly a year as a fugitive after escaping from a Medford, Oregon, the jail was recently captured in Oregon City near Portland by deputies from the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force.
Deputies arrested the 43-year-old man in a private residence after he escaped from the Jackson County Jail in November 2012. He had been convicted of robbing a Coos Bay bank and had been indicted for another robbery in which he allegedly went into an Ashland bank armed with a gun and took money from tellers' stations.
He was in state custody but was later transferred to the Jackson facility for additional charges. Reportedly, he escaped through a recreation yard by jumping from the upper level of the county jail onto a nearby tree.
Law enforcement authorities think he will now face escape charges in addition to new federal charges in Oregon and Idaho.
The man is being held in the Multnomah County Detention Center pending his return to Jackson County. A woman who was with him when he was arrested is being interviewed by deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.
Federal crimes are complex and can be difficult to defend against in court. Robbery is a serious felony and when it involves threats and the open display or use of weapons, it becomes an even more serious offense. Considering the number of robbery charges filed against this man and his escape, he may end up with a lengthy prison sentence.
People who face federal criminal charges should assert their rights to remain silent during questioning by police and to vigorously defend themselves against charges in court.