WA inmate released early due to coronavirus arrested for attacking woman on hiking trail

by Bryan Brammer · May 21st, 2020 3:08 pm

A Washington inmate released early from prison due to coronavirus concerns was arrested after he attacked a 60-year-old woman on a hiking trail Friday.

As the victim was taking a break from hiking, Matthew Cory, 33, approached her from behind and started choking her. The woman loosened Cory's grip and screamed, causing him to run into the woods where police eventually tracked him down, according to court documents.

Cory is one of roughly 1,000 Washington inmates released early because of coronavirus. Ten days after his release, he removed his ankle monitor, making it impossible for officials to track him.

Investigators revealed that Cory had been using meth for two weeks and had not slept in a week. He does not remember attacking the woman.

🔦 Cory's criminal record includes 11 arrests, seven felony convictions, and two misdemeanors.


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