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NE Portland prison escape: 7th Oregon DOC escape since April 2014

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Daniel Spillers' booking photo. Daniel Spillers' booking photo.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The man who escaped from a minimum security facility in northeast Portland early Sunday is at least the seventh inmate to escape from various Oregon Department of Corrections facilities since April 2014.

The search for Daniel Spillers is still on, after he managed to break a kitchen door open, which also broke a window, at the Columbia River Correctional Institution on NE Sunderland Avenue.  He was discovered missing during a count of inmates at 5:30 a.m. Sunday.

“A lot of us sleep with our doors open, unlocked, and there’s nothing stopping him from jumping our fence,” said a woman who asked not to be identified and lives next door to the prison in a transitional housing development called Dignity Village. “We shouldn’t have to look over our shoulders.”

He was serving time on four counts of second-degree burglary and one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, according to the Oregon Department of Corrections.  His earliest release date would have been April of 2017.

A search of his criminal history revealed more than 20 mugshots and convictions for 12 counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, four counts of burglary, two counts of aggravated theft, five counts of first-degree theft, three counts of second-degree theft, three counts of criminal mischief and one count of manufacture and delivery of a control substance.

As it turns out, Spillers is the seventh Oregon Department of Corrections inmate to escape that Fox 12 has covered in the last 15 months.

In April, Daniel Fullmer and Harlan Brown jumped the fence at the Shutter Creek Correctional Institution in North Bend.  In February, Steven Fox walked away from a work crew near Boardman while he was an inmate at the Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla.  In August 2014, Jerry Teixiera apparently walked right out the front door of the Mill Creek Correctional Institution in Salem, to a waiting car.  In May 2014, Clinton Swearingen climbed a razor wire fence at the Deer Ridge Correctional Institution in Madras and managed to remain free for a month.  In April 2014, Matthew Medlin climbed the barbed wire fence at the Columbia River Correctional Institution – the same facility Spillers escaped from Sunday – and was caught nine hours later at a Jack In The Box.

“The Department of Corrections does not consider any escape normal or within normal realm,” said Jennifer Carsner, a spokesperson for the Columbia River Correctional Institution.  “We would definitely prefer that number to be zero, however, it does happen.”

Carsner said a thorough investigation is always launched after an escape in an effort to prevent it from happening again.

“We look over any safety and security protocols or procedures that we have and we try to better anything and everything we have going on in the facility so we can ensure there are no further escapes at least in that area,” she added. 

Carsner said the search for Spillers is now being spearheaded by Oregon State Police and Portland Police. 

He’s one of 14,706 inmates who were in the Oregon DOC system as of July 1, 2015, according to data published by the Oregon DOC.  Crime Stoppers is offering $1,000 for information leading to his arrest.

“We’re doing everything we can to aide in finding this individual and ensuring the safety of our facility and the safety of the public,” she said.

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