Salem teen arrested 3 months after after escaping from MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility

A 19-year-old has been arrested three months after he and two others escaped from MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn.

The Salem Police Department arrested Julian Diaz-Navarro of Salem Tuesday afternoon, according to the Oregon Youth Authority, which operates the facility.

The teen was booked into the Marion County Jail on an accusation of first-degree escape.

Diaz-Navarro escaped on Feb. 18 from the juvenile facility with Xavier Swimm 21, of Portland, and Angel Diaz-Barrera, 19, of Salem.

His arrest comes six days after Swimm was arrested on May 8 in western Idaho. The Oregon Youth Authority said the next morning that he was being held at the Canyon County Juvenile Detention Center in Caldwell.

Diaz-Navarro came to MacLaren after being adjudicated for attempted first-degree assault and carrying or using a dangerous weapon in Marion County

Adjudications are the juvenile equivalent of a criminal conviction. The Oregon Youth Authority determines the sentences for teens prosecuted in the juvenile system and can keep them in custody until they turn 25.

Police are still searching for Diaz-Barrera, who was adjudicated for first-degree robbery and carrying or using a dangerous weapon in Marion County.

This story was updated after the Marion County Jail roster showed Diaz-Navarro was in custody.


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Contact reporter Ardeshir Tabrizian: [email protected] or 503-929-3053.

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Ardeshir Tabrizian has covered criminal justice and housing for Salem Reporter since September 2021. As an Oregon native, his award-winning watchdog journalism has traversed the state. He has done reporting for The Oregonian, Eugene Weekly and Malheur Enterprise.