BEND, Ore. - A 50-year-old homeless man and convicted sex offender allegedly was found nude in a northeast Bend thrift store’s dressing room Friday afternoon, but put his clothes back on and ran before police arrived. He was arrested a short distance away after a brief chase, officers said.
Police were called at 4:17 p.m. Friday to the Regroup Thrift Store at 424 NE Greenwood Avenue on a report of a man exposing himself in a sexual manner, police Lt. Clint Burleigh said in a news release.
An employee who called Deschutes County 911 dispatchers said the man was found nude in a dressing room and had since left the scene, Burleigh said. She was able to describe the now-clothed man and give his general direction of travel.
An officer in the area found the man, identified as Shawn Lee Cline, on Northeast Fourth Street at 4:23 p.m., Burleigh said. The man ran and led the officer on a brief pursuit on foot before he was taken into custody less than a minute later near Roszak's Fish House at Red Oaks Square, the lieutenant said.
Burleigh said initially that an investigation found that Cline had failed to recently register himself as a sex offender, though he said later that further investigation indicated that charge was likely to be dropped. Burleigh said he also drove his car to the thrift store with a revoked driver’s license.
Cline was taken to the county jail and lodged on two felony counts of public indecency and a misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended license.
A jail officer said he was released from jail at 2:17 a.m. Saturday on his own recognizance, pending a Feb. 7 court date.