6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008: Two inmates who escaped from Warner Creek Correctional Facility near Lakeview were captured Sunday.
Both men were returned to minimum-security Warner Creek pending their transfer to a medium security unit — possibly Two Rivers Correctional Facility in Umatilla or Snake River Correctional Facility in Ontario.
Joseph Smith, 25, and Christopher Sherrod, 31, were reported missing about 9:45 p.m. Saturday after an emergency count of prisoners confirmed an escape had occurred, said Warner Creek spokeswoman Vicki Reynolds.
She said Swift was apprehended about 1 a.m. Sunday by Lake County Sheriff Office personnel who found him a mile west of Lakeview on Highway 140. Swift had a broken leg “and was having a hard time getting around,” Reynolds said, adding he was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Sherrod was apprehended at 4:10 p.m. Sunday west of Lakeview about 20 miles from the prison, Reynolds said. Read more in the print edition of Monday's Herald and News.
12 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008: Two male inmates escaped from the Warner Creek Correctional Facility near Lakeview at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday and remained at large as of press time, according to a prison spokeswoman.
Joseph Swift, 25, and Christopher Sherrod, 31, were reported missing after an emergency count at 9:45 p.m. confirmed a report that an escape had occurred, said public information officer Vicki Reynolds.
Swift is Caucasian, 5-feet 10-inches tall, weighs 182 pounds, and has brown hair and eyes. Sherrod is Caucasian, 6-feet tall, 170 pounds and has brown hair and hazel eyes. Swift is serving a sentence for first-degree armed robbery from Multnomah County and Sherrod is in prison for second-degree kidnapping from Linn County.
Both men should be considered dangerous, Reynolds said. They were last seen wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" stenciled on the knee in orange and a blue T-shirt similarly stenciled.
Officers from the facility, the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, the Lakeview Police Department and the Oregon State Police are searching the immediate vicinity around the prison and the Lakeview area for the escapees, Reynolds said.
As a minimum security prison, Warner Creek Correctional Facility houses minimum-custody inmates with less than four years remaining on their sentences. It has a single perimeter fence topped with concertina wire. How the inmates escaped is under investigation.
The Oregon Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension Unit and the Oregon State Police are investigating. Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts should contact the Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888, the non-emergency number of their local police department, or the Oregon Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension Unit at 503-945-0975.
Swift was due to be released in June 2010 and Sherrod in July 2011, Reynolds said.