Brandon Sykes

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A man was arrested Halloween night after a two-day chase and manhunt throughout Columbia County. Brandon James Sykes was taken into custody about 11:30 p.m. in Scappoose after a K-9 tracking dog found him hiding in the brush near Meadowbrook Drive and Barta Court in Scappoose.

The incident started with an accusation of domestic abuse after the victim came into the office of parole and probation to report it. According to Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson, the victim required hospitalization as a result of her injuries. He said a child was also involved. The child exhibited marks of having been abused according to charging documents.

A warrant for Syke’s arrest was issued Oct. 26.

On Oct. 30, Sykes was spotted near Pittsburg Road and officers pursued him into the Salmonberry Lake area where he disappeared. “He ran into the brush,” Sheriff Dickerson said.

Officers from various agencies, including two U.S. Marshals who were in the area, searched for Sykes. A K-9 from Hillsboro was brought in to attempt to track the suspect but officers were unable to locate him before dark.

Dickerson said officers got a break Saturday evening, when an informant told them Sykes was in Scappoose. He was spotted behind Fred Meyer and again the K-9 was brought in to track him.

This time, with the assistance of the dog, Sykes was located and arrested.

He is lodged in the Columbia County Jail charged with first degree kidnapping, second degree kidnapping, third degree kidnapping, third and fourth degree assault and parole violation.

“He’s been arrested for this kind of thing before,” Dickerson said.

Sykes was arrested in 2005 on charges of assault, burglary and kidnapping and spent time in prison.


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