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Stalker's escape haunts his victim.

Byline: Rebecca Nolan The Register-Guard

Two months ago, Chadwick Alan Shores walked away from a prison fire crew camped yards from a freeway on-ramp.

Since then, the woman he has stalked for years has lived in fear.

"I'm always looking over my shoulder," she said in the cozy dining room of her Eugene home.

The woman, who requested anonymity, questioned why the Department of Corrections allowed Shores to join a 100-member prisoner fire crew working the Bland Mountain Fire No. 2 southeast of Roseburg in August. He walked away Aug. 24 and has eluded authorities ever since.

Prison officials found writings in his cell in which he blamed the victim and her family for his incarceration. Though he makes no direct threat, the woman called the writings "frightening."

Shores, 32, was serving a 45-month sentence at Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario after pleading guilty to coercion and burglary last year. He was accused of breaking into the woman's house in August 2003 and ambushing her when she came home. Police said he held her captive for several hours during which he beat, threatened and sexually assaulted her.

A family friend who knew about Shores' stalking and threats walked by the woman's house the next morning and heard her cries. He pounded on the door, prompting Shores to flee. Police arrested Shores later that day.

Lane County Circuit Court Judge Maurice Merten wrote in his sentencing order that Shores must serve the entire sentence and that he would not be eligible for "temporary leave from custody, reduction in sentence, work release, alternative incarceration programs or programs of conditional or supervised release."

It is this paragraph that the woman points to when she questions the decision to put Shores on the fire crew.

"How hard is it to read a judge's order and follow it?" she said, as a newly installed security system beeped quietly in the background. She said corrections investigators have been slow in sharing information with her and she had to hire an attorney to get copies of Shores' prison writings.

Perrin Damon, Department of Corrections spokeswoman, said the crew was made up of minimum-custody inmates who were within a few years of release and met a specific set of criteria. She said fire crew is not an alternative incarceration program because it does not reduce a prisoner's sentence.

However, the situation has prompted the department to re-evaluate its procedures, she said.

"We learn from every incident," Damon said.

There have been several confirmed sightings of Shores since his escape. Twice he was seen in the area of Highway 99, once at a tattoo parlor. A neighbor of the woman believes she saw Shores lurking near the woman's house in mid-September. No new sightings have been reported in the past three weeks, officials said.

The state's fugitive apprehension unit has interviewed Shores' local relatives and twice sent a team of searchers to blanket the area, most recently last weekend, Damon said. But officials suspect that he may have left Eugene.

The woman thinks he may have persuaded someone to take him in and help him hide from authorities.

"Knowing his personality, he might be taking advantage of someone else," she said. "He can come off as pretty benign at first."

People have suggested that she move out of the area, but she doesn't want to relocate. Instead, she wants the state to find Shores, put him back in prison and keep him there until he's served out his sentence, she said.

In the meantime, she'll keep looking over her shoulder while getting on with her life.


Chadwick Alan Shores, 32, is a white man with short brown hair and brown eyes. He stands 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds. He has a tattoo of a cross on his left shoulder. He is considered dangerous. Police said anyone who sees him should immediately call 911.
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Title Annotation:Crime; The search is still on for a man who fled a prison crew in August
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Oct 25, 2004
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