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Escaped work crew inmate leads police in a chase through mall

A man who escaped from a Jackson County work release crew eluded Medford police for more than an hour in the Rogue Valley Mall on Tuesday

Steven Leslie Myrick, 22 of Medford was working with a Jackson County work release crew near Crater Lake Highway and I-5 at about 12:30 p.m. when he bolted and ran toward Target and the Rogue Valley Mall.

Myrick was serving time for a third-degree rape charge and has past robbery and drug convictions, court records show.

Police scoured the mall for Myrick in his orange jump suit, and an officer spotted him on an escalator, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said. The officer grabbed Myrick on the escalator, but Myrick was able to pull away and run down the escalator through the mall, out an exit on the east side, then back into the mall.

At some point during the chase, Myrick called his younger sister to bring him a change of clothes, said Budreau.

By 1:42 p.m. officers were able to corral Myrick as he exited the west side of the mall near Macy's. While police had Myrick on the ground in an attempt to apprehend him, his sister Shanelle Myrick, 21, of Medford, appeared with the clothing for her brother, but then stepped in front of the officers attempting to arrest Myrick. Shanelle Myrick also tried to take property from her brother while he was on the ground, police said.

Officers consequently arrested Shanelle Myrick for hindering prosecution. She was booked into Jackson County Jail, but has since been released, records show.

Steven Myrick was arrested and lodged at Jackson County Jail on charges of violating his probation on a past third-degree rape conviction, second-degree escape, resisting arrest, and second-degree disorderly conduct. He is currently being held without bail.

"He'll lose his privileges to be on a work crew, and he'll be in custody a while," Budreau said.

— Mandy Valencia

Steven Myrick