Fugitive Caught Through Facebook Search

NEAR LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. — A wanted fugitive was arrested Sunday afternoon after an Oregon State Police trooper determined the man’s true identity through a Facebook search.

The suspect was arrested during a traffic stop along Interstate 5 near Lake Oswego and he was identified by a trooper through Facebook using an in-car OSP mobile data terminal (MDT) computer.

During the traffic stop Oregon State Police say the car’s adult male driver, who was not listed as the registered owner, presented an Oregon operator’s license with a photograph that clearly did not match the driver.

The driver claimed the car belonged to his fiance, so using the woman’s name, OSP Trooper Travis Neubauer did a Facebook search on the in-car MDT and noted she was “in a relationship” with a man named Kerry Prowse. Further inquiry determined Prowse was a fugitive wanted on felony warrants out of State Parole & Probation and Multnomah County.

When questioned, the driver initially continued to claim he was the person listed on the displayed Oregon license but eventually admitted he was Prowse. OSP arrested Prowse on the following two felony warrants: Parole Violation (State Parole & Probation) and Felon in Possession of a Weapon, UUMV, and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine (Multnomah County).

Prowse was also cited for DUII – Drugs and misdemeanor Driving While Suspended. He was lodged in the Clackamas County Jail. Other charges may be pending as the investigation continues.