Transient fugitive arrested after manhunt


Washington County Sheriff's deputies and Beaverton police officers tracked down and apprehended a fugitive with a felony warrant on Tuesday in rural Washington County.

Detectives from the Beaverton Police Proactive Unit apprehended Daniel J. Crum, 25, around 7:15 p.m. in the area of Southwest Highway 219 and Midway Road.

Crum, a transient who 'couch surfed' at various residences, had an outstanding felony warrant from the Linn County Sheriff's Office for eluding a police officer, according to police reports.

Detectives requested deputies' assistance around 2 p.m., a few hours after locating Crum, who first fled in an allegedly stolen vehicle they later spotted near the intersection of Midway and Southwest Vanderschuere Road, according to police reports. The suspect abandoned the car and fled on foot.

Deputies brought in K9 teams from Beaverton and Lake Oswego police for the search, but were unable to locate Crum in the expansive rural area they had to cover.

At about 4:45 p.m. deputies and officers were alerted to a call from Southwest Lazy River Place, where a man matching Crum's description came to the door of a house and told the resident he was lost, according to police reports.

The resident went back inside and told his wife to call 911. In the meantime, the suspect fled the house. The homeowner followed the suspect, but lost sight of him.

Deputies and officers responded to the scene and continued the search. Around 7:15 p.m. he was located and surrendered peacefully, saying he was cold and wet and ready to stop running, according to police reports.

Beaverton detectives arrested Crum and a sheriff's deputy transported him to the Washington County Jail. He was lodged on the existing felony warrant along with additional accusations from Beaverton police including felony eluding an officer, reckless driving and unlawful possession of a vehicle.

The Washington County Tactical Negotiations Team and a Hillsboro Police Department K9 team were also involved in the search.