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Brandon Sykes left an inmate work crew June 22; turned up at Tillamook County Sheriff's Office July 30

BRANDON SYKESThe St. Helens man who walked away from an inmate work crew last month is back in custody.

Brandon Sykes turned himself in more than a month after leaving a work crew near the South Fork Forest Camp, the Oregon Department of Corrections said Thursday, July 30.

Sykes, 35, was driven to the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office by his mother and girlfriend earlier this afternoon, according to a statement from the Sheriff's Office.

Sykes had been serving time for assault and kidnapping.

He left the work crew near the summit of Highway 6 shortly before noon on June 22, according to the Oregon Department of Corrections.

Before then, Sykes had a history of fleeing law enforcement.

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, in Scappoose in October 2015.

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 Department of Corrections.

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


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