MEDFORD, Ore. – A man who was found hiding in a Medford home was able to slip free of his handcuffs and lead police on a manhunt.
Medford Police said a couple had returned home from work around 6:30 p.m., and saw a suspicious bicycle parked in their driveway in the 300 block of Mary Street. The couple searched through the house and found Nathan Charles Wallace hiding in a closet.
A neighbor, Robert Goecker, heard the commotion, grabbed his gun, and ran over in time to see Wallace trying to escape through a window. Goecker tackled Wallace, then held him down until police arrived. Neither Goecker or the homeowners were hurt during the incident.
Police officers took Wallace to nearby Providence Medford Medical Center for treatment, but Wallace somehow got free of his handcuffs and escaped. Officers from Medford Police, Oregon State Police, and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office searched for Wallace in the area along Crater Lake Avenue and Woodrow Lane.
Wallace was captured just before 12:30 Thursday morning after police raised their perimeter. An anonymous tip aided the police in locating Wallace who was allegedly attempting to break into a car. He now faces multiple charges for burglary, escape in the third degree and resisting arrest.