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Multi-Agency Coordinated Search Leads to Arrest of Wanted Fugitive Victor Snell in The Dalles
11/26/2008
Eric Nisley, District Attorney
Wasco County District Attorney's Office
Office: (541) 506-2680

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Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley announced today that a wanted fugitive sought in the Columbia Gorge area since he fled while being transported to a drug treatment center was captured in The Dalles. Two other men believed to be associated with the fugitive were arrested Tuesday as part of the search effort coordinated between the Oregon State Police, Wasco County Sheriff's Office, and City of The Dalles Police Department.
 
On November 26, 2008, VICTOR BYRON SNELL, age 27, surrendered to police after a search warrant was issued by Judge Bernard Smith to enter an apartment on West 13th Street. SNELL was seen running from a vehicle and entering the residence by undercover officers. He initially refused to come out of the building but eventually surrendered after the Oregon State Police SWAT team discharged gas into the apartment where SNELL was hiding. No one was injured and SNELL did not physically resist during the arrest.
 
SNELL was lodged in the Northern Oregon Regional Correction Facility (NORCOR). Information related to SNELL's fleeing is available on the OSP News Release website section at:
 
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/NEWSRL/news/11_18_2008_snell_wanted_gorge.shtml
 
On the previous day, November 25th, another wanted fugitive, STEVEN LEE SMITH, age 34, was apprehended at approximately 3:00 p.m. when officers spotted SMITH in a vehicle driven by JEFFERY GOLDBERG, age 55, from Portland. GOLDBERG attempted to elude the officers in the vehicle and ended up damaging the vehicle near the Home Depot rendering it inoperable.
 
SMITH ran from the vehicle and was taken into custody a short distance away. GOLDBERG was arrested for Felony Attempt to Elude a Police Officer in a Vehicle and Reckless Driving. SMITH was arrested on felony warrants and lodged as a Fugitive from Justice. Both were also lodged in NORCOR.