Escaped Santiam inmate taken into custody in Salem


Kameron J. Bowen serving time for weapon, identity theft crimes

Kameron Bowen in an undated photo released August 24, 2020 by the Oregon Department of Corrections

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An inmate serving time at the Santiam Correctional Institution who escaped Monday afternoon after stealing a Department of Corrections vehicle was caught later Monday night..

Kameron J. Bowen (Oregon Dept. of Corrections)

Kameron J. Bowen “walked away” from the minimum security prison in Salem around 1 p.m, according to the Oregon Department of Corrections. Bowen, 32, then allegedly stole a 1973 white Chevy dump truck with no license plate. ODC said he was last seen driving east on Aumsville Highway at 1:20 p.m.

ODC said Bowen had been in custody since February 5, 2019 on identify theft, theft, and unlawful use of a weapon out of Marion County. His earliest release date had been set for November 30, 2022.

On Tuesday, ODC officials said Bowen was taken back into custody by Salem police Monday night. The truck was also recovered.

No other information is available at this time.

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