Jail escapee caught in southwest Bend

Alleged accomplice arrested


Published Jul 21, 2014 at 11:56AM / Updated Jul 21, 2014 at 04:20PM

A Deschutes County jail inmate who escaped Sunday is back in custody this afternoon.

Keith Allen Schmidtke, 38, allegedly escaped from the jail sometime between 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Sunday evening.

Today, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office received information that Schmidtke was in the 61000 block of Duncan Lane in Southwest Bend, according to a release, and detectives tried to take him into custody. Schmidtke allegedly ran from the home, and Bend Police and Oregon State Police helped set up a perimeter in the area, at which point K-9s from Bend Police and the Sheriff’s Office tracked Schmidtke. He was found in a backyard and was bitten by K-9 Ezel, but allegedly got away and ran again before being taken into custody in the 20000 block of Cumulus Lane.

Schmidtke was treated at St. Charles for non-life-threatening injuries.

An alleged accomplice was arrested earlier today on suspicion of helping Schmidtke escape Sunday evening.

According to a release from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Cecil Archie Turner, 30, was arrested Monday morning on suspicion of second-degree criminal conspiracy and lodged at the jail. Sheriff Larry Blanton said Schmidtke, 38, was on a kitchen work detail Sunday evening and allegedly ran through the parking lot between the jail and the nearby work center, scaled a fence and escaped. According to Blanton, he was discovered missing during an 11 p.m. headcount.

Deputies searched Sheriff’s Office property and surrounding residential areas, but were not able to find Schmidtke.

An emergency phone message was sent to residents in the area around 3 a.m. telling them of the escape and describing the suspect.