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Criminal jumps into freezing water while running away from police

By Mason White 12:30 PM May 7, 2017
Robert Freeman James Robirts
Robert Freeman James Robirts
By: Tanya Clark

A criminal was rushed to a hospital after jumping into freezing water in attempt to evade police, according to police in Oregon.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office said that they have arrested 26-year-old Robert Freeman James Robirts, for failing to appear in court to answer numerous charges.

On Tuesday at approximately 5:30 p.m., deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office attempted to serve an arrest warrant on Robirts at his residence located at 20130 Reed Ln in Bend.

Upon arrival, responding deputies could see Robirts standing in the back yard of his residence. Deputies attempted to contact Robirts when he began running from his residence towards a nearby irrigation canal.

Deputies and Robirts engaged in a short foot pursuit. Robirts then dove into the canal in an attempt to escape.

Deputies followed Robirts downstream along the bank of the canal for approximately 5 minutes until he eventually swam to the north side of the canal near SW Garfield Avenue, where he was taken into custody without incident.

Robirts was extremely cold due to the frigid water, and was evaluated by the Bend Fire Medics at the scene. Robirts was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, for further evaluation.

Robirts was booked into the Deschutes County Adult Jail.

He was charged with failure to appear felony warrant, unlawful use of a weapon, resisting arrest, harassment, strangulation, escape in the third degree, criminal trespass in the second degree.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office thanked the citizens who assisted the deputies during this incident.