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Convicted sex abuser escapes from NE Portland prison

Convicted Sex Offender Escapes From Portland Prison
How does a convicted sex offender escape from prison practically unnoticed? That's one of the questions now being asked after an inmate in Portland, Oregon, climbed a prison fence Wednesday and ultimately escaped.

"Matthew Medlin had been on the run since 12:30 this afternoon, when he climbed over a fence at the Columbia River Correctional Institute ... Police say a corrections officer transporting a different prisoner spotted Medlin ... just before 10 o'clock tonight."

Residents at a nearby Jack in the Box tell KOIN just a few minutes later police swarmed the area.

"The next thing you know, there are police cars all over the place. They finally chased him down. I don't know whether they chased him or not. They saw the ambulance, and they put him on a stretcher."

KPTV reports that's just two-and-a-half miles from the correctional office. Prior to this, though, police searched that area extensively and called off the search when they saw no signs of Medlin.

This is Matthew Medlin. He has an extensive criminal history and was serving time on accusations of burglary, sex abuse and assault. Interestingly, though, Medlin was set to be released from prison next week. The Oregonian says authorities still don't know why he escaped in the first place.

Medlin is currently in custody and being treated for injuries he suffered during the escape. Prosecutors have yet to announce what new charges they'll file against him.

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SumBreezeHuh May 02 2014 at 12:02 AM

"They finally chased him down. I don't know whether they chased him or not." Brilliant writing.

And escaping a week before he was going to be released anyway? Those face tats aren't the only thing screaming "idiot."

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Scooter May 01 2014 at 4:03 PM

If I were a prison guard, I'd let him get away too...instead of having to look at that face all day.

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sindfetish May 01 2014 at 11:21 PM

I like him...I want to see him..he is my type I want to.meet him.

Jeff Dahmer 2014, The other side

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Tony Jones sindfetish May 02 2014 at 12:06 AM

BACK OFF I SAW HIM FIRST HE'S MINE

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shadyobama May 01 2014 at 11:01 PM

MICHAEL JACKSON WOULD BE PROUD

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toneitup May 01 2014 at 4:14 PM

shouldn't be hard to find he has a face only his mom could love!

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BRUCE May 01 2014 at 4:21 PM

Pretty easy to figure out.....he doesn't want to be let out next week, he has it made getting fat off of our dollar and not having to work like the rest of us. Put him in general population, bet he'll want to leave then!

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nobledestrocobra May 01 2014 at 4:32 PM

an article written by a third grader, thanks.

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mike65722 May 01 2014 at 4:32 PM

Shoot to kill. No questions asked. None answered.

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aljoramaggio May 01 2014 at 4:36 PM

With a tatted up face like that, he won't be able to hide for very long.

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seabasskj May 01 2014 at 4:41 PM

Gee, he has such a plain, everyday look to him without any real distinguishing features, that they'll be lucky to ever spot him in a crowd again.

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