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Third time’s the charm in 7-hour manhunt

Submitted by KPD
Submitted by KPD

A man found sleeping on a lawn in north Keizer sparked a seven-hour manhunt Monday, Aug. 29.

Shortly after 8 a.m., officers from the Keizer Police Department were called to a report of a suspicious person sleeping in a lawn in the 700 block of New Terrace Drive North, part of the Terrace Green Neighborhood Association in north Keizer.

Two officers responded to the call and made contact with the subject who was identified as 29-year old Michael Allen Schwindt.  Within minutes of identifying the suspicious persons officers learned he had a warrant for his arrest issued by the Marion County Circuit Court. The warrant, issued on Aug. 24, was for 18 counts of identity theft.

While attempting to take Schwindt into custody, he escaped from the officers fleeing on foot through the surrounding neighborhood. Several other Keizer officers in both marked and unmarked police vehicles responded to the area establishing a perimeter while a K-9 team from the Salem Police Department responded to assist with tracking the fleeing suspect.  The search was callexd off about 9:45 a.m.

By mid-afternoon the Keizer Police Department received another call of a suspicious person in the same general vicinity of the earlier call who was reported to be wearing the same clothing Schwindt was wearing earlier in in the day when he ran from the officers.

A second perimeter was set by Keizer officers and the K-9 team from the Salem Police Department responded a second time to search for the suspect, but once again officers were unsuccessful in locating the suspect.

Investigating officers determined Schwindt had a relative living in the 6800 block of River Road North and one officer remained in the vicinity of that address on surveillance.

At about 2:40 p.m., officers saw a relative of the suspect return to her residence and made contact with her. A search of the residence revealed several items within the residence had been disturbed and there were indications someone had accessed the attic crawl space from inside the residence.  Additional officers and tools were brought in to search the attic.

A short time before 3 p.m., officers confirmed Michael Schwindt was hiding in the attic area of his relatives’ residence.  Because his relative resides in a multi-dwelling housing complex. After establishing contact with the subject, he was taken into custody without any further incident.

Michael Schwindt was transported to the Marion County Correctional Facility where he was lodged for the warrant alleging 18 counts of identity theft.  The bail for that warrant is $200,000.  In additional to the warrant, Michael Schwindt was arrested for one count of burglary, one count of escape and for one count of trespass. His bail for the latter charges was set at $50,000.

Anyone having additional information about this incident is asked to contact Officer Jeremy Worledge at 503-390-3713 Ext. 3493.