Man found hiding in Dumpster after fleeing Courthouse

By Baker City Herald April 18, 2014 07:55 am

A Baker City who bolted and ran from the Baker County Circuit Courtroom Thursday morning was found hiding in an alley Dumpster and taken back into custody just eight minutes later.

Sean Dean Taylor, 23, of 1760 Broadway St., was arrested at 11:38 a.m. He will face additional charges of second-degree escape, a Class C felony; and interfering with a police officer, a Class A misdemeanor, District Attorney Matt Shirtcliff said in a press release.

Circuit Court Judge Greg Baxter had just sentenced Taylor to 150 days in jail after his probation was revoked on a conviction for strangulation constituting domestic violence when Taylor fled, Shirtcliff said. He was not in custody at the time of the hearing and was wearing “street clothes,” Shirtcliff said.

It had been just a quiet day in court and there was no extra security at the Courthouse like there is in more serious cases, Shirtcliff said.

Taylor jumped the bar separating the counsel tables from the general public at 11:30 a.m. and escaped the grasp of both his former probation officer, Lt. Will Benson, and Courthouse Sheriff’s Deputy Nicholas Cooke. The men quickly lunged after Taylor as he ran out of the room, Shirtcliff said.

Taylor escaped from the Courthouse and ran south and east down Court Avenue into the alley behind the Baker Elks Lodge in the 1800 block of Second Street.

Police pursued him and were led to the alley by a tip from a community resident. Taylor was found hiding in a Dumpster in the alley behind the Lone Pine Cafe at 1825 Main St., Shirtcliff said.

Officers took him to the Baker County Jail where he will begin serving his 150-day sentence and await further court proceedings on the new charges.