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Idaho Fugitive Caught In Bend After 16 Months On The Lam

BEND, OR -- An Idaho fugitive on the loose since May of 2021 is now in the Deschutes County Jail. In August, Bend Police say 36-year-old Zachary Heward used a false name in a traffic stop. On Thursday, just before 10 a.m., an officer saw the same vehicle associated with Heward. 

When the officer recognized the vehicle, he attempted to catch up to it. By the time the officer arrived, the vehicle was abandoned by the side of the road and the suspect ran toward the Pilot Butte Cemetery in the 600 block of NE 12th Street. 

Bend Police caught him after a short foot pursuit in the cemetery. Heward was transported to the Deschutes County Jail on the out-of-state warrant and a charge of third-degree escape. 

Heward walked away from the Idaho Falls Work Release Center on May 17, 2021. He was in custody on charges including methamphetamine possession, grand theft, burglary, and resisting and obstructing an officer. 

Officers were assisted by community members who reported seeing a suspicious male matched the fugitive’s description running in the area. 

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