Parole violator held in assault, strangling

Waylon Clayton Blanchette (Courtesy: Marion County Sheriff's Office, May 21, 2013)
Waylon Clayton Blanchette (Courtesy: Marion County Sheriff's Office, May 21, 2013)

IDANHA, Ore. (KOIN) — A man was tracked down by a Marion County police dog after allegedly breaking into a house, then assaulting and trying to strangle the owner who confronted him.

Waylon Clayton Blanchette was arrested at his house following the incident that spanned two counties.

Around 11:30 p.m. Monday night, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said in a release, both the homeowner and a neighbor called 911 about the man who entered the house in the 100 block of Main Street. After the assault, the man stole prescription medications and fled.

Witnesses told investigators he ran toward Highway 22.

Deputies arrived and the police dog picked up the man’s scent and tracked him across the Santiam River into the Linn County area. About a mile down the road, the dog stopped at a house in the 300 block of Blossom Avenue.

Blanchette, 33, lived at that house and was arrested.

He’s held at the Marion County Jail on charges of first-degree Burglary, fourth-degree assault and strangulation. He is also being held without bail for a parole violation.

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