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Man arrested after downtown Astoria foot chase

Adams had an assault warrant out of Multnomah County
By Jack Heffernan

The Daily Astorian

Published on September 6, 2018 3:33PM

Last changed on September 6, 2018 4:17PM

Virgil Lee Adams with his son.

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Virgil Lee Adams with his son.


A man wanted on an assault warrant led police on a lengthy foot chase through downtown Astoria on Thursday morning before he was captured near the Columbia River Maritime Museum.

The warrant for the arrest of Virgil Lee Adams, 21, was issued in Multnomah County in July. Adams attended a hearing in a separate assault case Thursday morning at Clatsop County Circuit Court and was wearing an ankle monitor.

Following the hearing, Adams walked into the Clatsop County Jail with an attorney to check if he had a warrant. Sheriff’s deputies confirmed the warrant, but didn’t have the chance to tell Adams before he left the jail lobby, Sgt. Doug Stevens said.

“He would’ve been issued a court date in Multnomah County, but when we opened the door to tell him he would be taken into custody, processed and released, he bolted,” Stevens said.

Officers from several departments searched for Adams has he ran through downtown before reaching the Astoria Riverwalk. He then jumped into the Columbia River. Police arrested Adams soon after the jump.

Adams was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital with an apparent leg injury before he was transferred back to the jail. He was cited for third-degree escape and is being held on the Multnomah County warrant.

Adams was previously arrested in Multnomah County in a different case in February 2017, when he was charged with four robbery and three assault counts. Despite being acquitted in August 2017, he was held in jail on other, unrelated charges, missing the birth of his son, according to the Portland Mercury.

Adams was eventually released in June. Portland Bail Out, an activist group, raised money to cover his bail.



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