Wanted felon found, arrested in Clatsop Co.

Published: Nov. 16, 2022 at 3:16 PM PST
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CLATSOP COUNTY Ore. (KPTV) - A manhunt that put Rainier schools in lockdown on Wednesday ended with the wanted felon found and arrested Thursday, the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office announced.

Shortly after noon, police said that 41-year-old Kevin James Reynolds had been arrested “without incident,” and thanked all law enforcement officers who were involved in the search.

All schools in the small town of Rainier were locked down Wednesday afternoon and were closed Thursday as authorities searched by air and ground for a wanted felon who had been on the run since at least October. On Tuesday night, there was a large-scale manhunt in the area of Heath Road and Old Rainier Road for him which prompted police to order residents to stay in their homes and lock their doors.

Reportedly, someone spotted him on a Ring Camera Wednesday near Apiary and Cannon Road.

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Rainier Schools were then put on “lock-in” precautionary procedures while police searched for Reynolds with drones and K9 units.

Rainier School District Superintendent Dr. Joseph Hattrick said students and faculty were released from the lock-in after a few hours and that he was grateful the dismissals went smoothly.

“It’s definitely a sigh of relief,” Hattrick said. “Huge amount of gratitude for everyone who followed the procedures, and they did what needed to be done to be safe.”

Rainier School District will be closed Thursday as a result of the continued search, the district announced Wednesday night.

“The Rainier School District was in continual communication with law enforcement and we were informed at approximately 4 p.m. that the search perimeter had been removed and the suspect was not located,” the district said. “We understand the stress this has placed on our students, staff, and families, and community.”

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Hattrick said that while no one enjoys a lock down, they heard from the sheriff throughout the day that the students would be safest inside.

“I couldn’t be more thankful for our communication with Columbia County Sheriff,” Hattrick said. “It’s been fluid and frequent communication last night and throughout the day today.”

Reynolds was considered to be armed and dangerous and has a distinctive face tattoo. Police have not yet released his charges.