An Oregon psychiatric hospital escapee who was properly restrained was apprehended on Friday after being discovered struggling in a muddy pond.
The suspect is charged with attempted murder.
According to the Oregon State Police, Christopher Pray was discovered in Portland’s pond, buried up to his armpits. Ropes were used by Portland Fire & Rescue workers to free the individual, who was then taken to the hospital.
However, hospital staff recognized Pray, so police were summoned despite police claims that he gave a bogus name.
As Pray was being transported to the Oregon State Hospital in Salem on Wednesday, the Oregon State Police were looking into how he managed to get away.
Pray climbed into the driver’s seat of a van he was being held in with handcuffs, a belly chain, and leg shackles.
In Portland’s Multnomah County Circuit Court, Pray is accused of attempted murder, robbery, assault, and felon in possession of a firearm. According to court documents, he was transferred on Wednesday to the Oregon State Hospital after being deemed incompetent to continue with the trial.
A message seeking comment left with his attorney wasn’t promptly answered.