Escaped Inmate Captured

Photo: Ford, Brad

Friday morning, Portland Fire & Rescue and the Portland Police Bureau were dispatched to a report of a potentially deceased person, in a pond, at North Force Avenue and North Victory Boulevard, in Portland. When rescue crews arrived they began communicating with the patient and PF&R command notified PPB dispatch that police were not needed and canceled PPB response. 

The patient was stuck in the mud, approximately 75 feet from firm ground, and was buried up to their armpits. The rescue required a rope and ladder in order to remove the patient. The rescue took approximately 1 hour to complete.

After rescue, the patient was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for an evaluation. The patient provided a fake name, however an observant hospital employee noticed he resembled Christopher Pray. Hospital staff notified the Portland Police Bureau, who responded and confirmed his identity. Pray was arrested and is in PPB custody. 

OSP is currently investigating the details surrounding his escape and plan to provide an additional press release next Tuesday, September 5.

Source: Oregon State Police

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