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Facebook search aids state police in capturing a fugitive near LO

A traffic stop on Interstate 5 near Lake Oswego resulted in the arrest of a fugitive Sunday evening after an Oregon State Police trooper determined Kerry Prowse’s true identity through a Facebook search.

State Trooper Travis Neubauer stopped a 1995 Honda Accord on the northbound ramp to Interstate 5 from Kruse Way for an equipment violation at 5:48 p.m. Sunday. The car’s adult male driver, who was not listed as the registered owner, presented an Oregon operator’s license with a photograph that did not clearly match the driver.

The driver claimed the car belonged to his fiancée; so, using the woman’s name, Neubauer did a Facebook search on his vehicle’s in-car mobile data terminal computer and noted the woman was “in a relationship” with a man named Kerry Prowse. Further inquiry determined Prowse, 42, Portland, was a fugitive wanted on felony warrants out of Oregon Parole and Probation and Multnomah County.

When questioned, police said, Prowse initially continued to claim he was the person listed on the displayed Oregon license but eventually admitted to his identity. He was arrested on two felony warrants:

n Parole violation (Oregon Parole and Probation)

n Felon in possession of a weapon, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of methamphetamine (Multnomah County)

Prowse was also cited on a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants (drugs) and misdemeanor driving while suspended. He was lodged at Clackamas County Jail.

State police are continuing the investigation.



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