Escaped Oregon inmate recaptured on Sauvie Island
A man reportedly walked away from his prison work crew Wednesday afternoon, April 14, in the Gales Creek area before being recaptured that night.
Jedaiah Lunn is an inmate at South Fork Prison Camp, situated in the Coast Range well west of Forest Grove, according to the Oregon Department of Corrections. The department reported Wednesday evening that Lunn had walked away from his work crew near the Gales Creek Campground at about 2:30 p.m., and around that time, two people were allegedly assaulted and their vehicle stolen in the area.
Capt. Timothy Fox, spokesperson for the Oregon State Police, confirmed Thursday morning, April 15, that Lunn is a suspect in the assault and carjacking.
Lunn was recaptured at about 10:37 p.m. Wednesday night on Sauvie Island, the Department of Corrections announced. Oregon State Police and Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies reportedly arrested him.
Fox said the stolen vehicle, a 2015 Subaru Legacy, was recovered near where Lunn was taken back into custody.
Lunn has been in the custody of the Department of Corrections since August 2020, after he was convicted of a gunpoint home robbery in Portland. His earliest release date had been set for Oct. 15, 2023.
The South Fork Prison Camp in the Tillamook State Forest is a minimum-security facility whose inmates — officially known in Oregon as "adults in custody" — are frequently used in area work crews. It is managed jointly with the Oregon Department of Forestry.
By Mark Miller
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