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Mental hospital escapee found, arrested at Sandy home

Matthew Ingle, convicted in the 2009 deaths of a mother and daughter, eluded authorities for more than two weeks before his capture
by: Contributed photo Matthew Ingle

The psychiatric patient who escaped from Oregon State Hospital custody nearly three weeks ago has been arrested. Matthew Ingle, 21, was found Tuesday, Sept. 20, at a Sandy residence and arrested by Oregon State Police detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division.

Detectives received a tip and arrested Ingle at noon at an undisclosed residence in Sandy.

They are determining where Ingle has been during the past 2½ weeks and trying to determine if further arrests are warranted.

Ingle was transported Tuesday afternoon to the Marion County Jail, where he was lodged on the escape warrant.

At the time of his Sept. 3 escape, Ingle was on a supervised walk with patients and staff outside the state mental hospital.

Ingle reportedly ran ahead of the group and jumped into a waiting car. Detectives think Ingle had made arrangements with someone to wait outside in a vehicle during the time of the scheduled walk. Telephone calls at the low-security hospital are not monitored.

Ingle was convicted of two counts of second-degree manslaughter in a Clackamas County court and committed to the state hospital Nov. 1, 2009, after the deaths in April 2009 of Pamela L. Benson, 42, and her daughter Clarice Benson, 11.

In the two-vehicle crash, which occurred near Highway 26 and Orient Drive, Ingle received non-life-threatening injuries.

OSP was assisted by several other law enforcement agencies and individuals during the investigation and search for the escapee.