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California Fugitive Caught After Swimming Across Mirror Pond

BEND, OR -- A man wanted in California was caught in Bend after police say he swam across Mirror Pond to escape arrest. Christopher Ruddy had felony warrants for firearms-related charges in California and tried to detain him in Drake Park, just before noon Saturday.

According to Bend PD, he took off and jumped into the pond, swimming across and exiting the water on private property. K9 officers from Bend and Redmond responded and found Ruddy hiding under a canoe.

They say refused to comply with officers commands to surrender and tried to run again by jumping off an elevated rock ledge, but was captured by K9 Niza and officers on scene. 

Ruddy was evaluated and treated at St. Charles Bend and then taken to the Deschutes County Jail. He's charged with Out of State Warrants, False Information to Police, Escape III, Resisting Arrest, Criminal Trespass II, and Depositing Trash Within 100 Yards of a Waterway.


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