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St. Helens' Brandon Sykes was serving sentence for kidnapping, assault in 2015

BRANDON SYKESAn inmate from St. Helens ran away from a work crew in Tillamook in the morning hours of Monday, June 22.

Brandon Sykes, who is serving a sentence for kidnapping and assault in St. Helens, left a work crew near the summit of Highway 6 around 11:35 a.m. Monday, according to the Oregon Department of Corrections.

Sykes has fled law enforcement before.

He was arrested in October 2015, after running from police two days in a row.

Prosecutors said Sykes had kidnapped and beaten a woman and her two children, both under the age of 5, earlier that month in Scappoose.

In 2016, Sykes pleaded no contest to kidnapping and assault charges, and was sentenced to almost six years in prison.

Sykes' earliest release date was October 18, 2021, according to the DOC.

Sykes was in the custody at South Fork Forest Camp in Tillamook, which is a minimum-security work camp where inmates who are nearing release maintain and protect state forest lands.

Anyone with information regarding Sykes' whereabouts is asked to contact the Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888, the non-emergency number of their local police department, or the Oregon Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension Unit at 503-569-0734.

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