PORTLAND – The inmate who escaped from the Columbia River Correctional Institute Wednesday was found and captured about 10 hours later in Northeast Portland.
Matthew Medlin scaled a prison fence to escape early Wednesday afternoon, prompting a city-wide manhunt.
He was eventually spotted by a corrections officer shortly after 10 p.m. Portland Police officers swarmed the area and found him at a Jack in the Box restaurant on Columbia and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards.
According to police spokesman Pete Simpson, Medlin at first was not co-operative but then changed his mind when confronted by a large group of officers including a K9 team. He then surrendered quietly.
Medlin had served time for burglary, sex abuse and assault. He was due for release on May 6, 2014. New charges he will face have not yet been filed.
After his capture, Medlin was treated for cuts he got when he climbed the prison's razor wire fence.
It all started at 12:37 p.m. Wednesday when Medlin, 30, went over the fence at the Columbia River Correctional Institute in Northeast Portland, police said.
Police dogs tracked a scent to the area around the Columbia Slough, just west of Portland International Airport, at about 1:30 p.m.
Officers searched near Northeast 33rd Avenue and Marine Drive for him using a police dog and an airplane but called off the neighborhood search effort around 4:30 p.m.
He was wearing blue jeans and a blue T-shirt with "Department of Corrections” stenciled on it, according to police.