Police locate escaped inmate at Jack in the Box

Matthew Joseph Medlin, 30, escaped from to the Columbia River Correctional Institute Wednesday. (DOC)
Matthew Joseph Medlin, 30, escaped from to the Columbia River Correctional Institute Wednesday. (DOC)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An inmate jailed on charges of sex abuse, assault and burglary who escaped from jail on Wednesday in North Portland is back in custody after police located him at a Jack in the Box restaurant.

Matthew Joseph Medlin, 30, climbed the fence at the Columbia River Correctional Institute (CRCI) and escaped Wednesday afternoon.

North Precinct officers responded to the area of I-5 and Columbia Boulevard on the report that a corrections officer who was transporting an unrelated person saw a person matching  Medlin’s description on North Columbia Boulevard near I-5 just before 10 p.m.

Officers found Medlin at the Jack in the Box restaurant, located at NE Martin Luther King Jr. and Columbia boulevards.

Portland police said Medlin was initially non-compliant with commands to get on the ground, but after numerous officers arrived, including a canine unit, Medlin surrendered without incident.

Authorities said medical personnel treated Medlin at the scene for injuries he suffered during the escape.

Portland Police Bureau North Precinct officers responded to CRCI just after 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, at 9111 Northeast Sunderland Avenue, near Northeast 33rd Avenue and Marine Drive. Officers searched the area surround the CRCI, including the Columbia River Slough with help from K-9 units, air support, Oregon State Police and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

Police said the search efforts were primarily focused in and around a shopping warehouse called Central Transport, which was the last place Medlin was seen.

Some who work in the area admitted they were a little nervous.

“It was a little edgy. I had to go clear the shop to make sure they weren’t hiding in there,” said James Evans who was in the area working at the time of the search.

Police said Medlin will be booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges that are to-be-determined.

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