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Oregon fugitive arrested in Juneau

Posted: October 4, 2012 - 12:12am

A man wanted for sexual abuse and criminal mistreatment in Oregon was arrested in Juneau and charged with being a fugitive from justice, according to police and court records.

Police say Travis Dakotah Stilwell, 23, was arrested at about 9 a.m. Monday morning at a residence on Wood Duck Avenue in the Mendenhall Valley.

Charging documents show Juneau Police Department Officers Jim Esbenshade and Frank Dolan responded to the house, received permission to enter from another person who answered the door, and then found Stilwell in the bedroom.

He was arrested and taken to Lemon Creek Correctional Center without bail.

Court records show that Stilwell was indicted on Aug. 13 for first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree criminal mistreatment in the circuit court for the county of Marion in Oregon. Circuit Court Judge Audrey J. Broyles issued a no-bail warrant for his arrest Aug. 14.

More information about those charges were not immediately available.

Stilwell appeared in Juneau District Court Tuesday to be arraigned on the fugitive from justice charge that was filed by the Juneau District Attorney’s Office.

Stilwell said he wanted an attorney, but couldn’t afford to hire one. He told Judge Keith Levy that he worked at Breeze-In convenience store.

Levy appointed the Public Defender Agency to represent him and ordered Stilwell be held on $50,000 bail.

It was not immediately known if Stilwell will contest extradition back to Oregon. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for Oct. 30.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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