Suspect who led authorities on manhunt released following arraignment

Joshua B. Christoffersen, 40, is being held in Malheur County Jail for unlawful entry into a motor vehicle and possession of methamphetamines. (Photo courtesy of Malheur County Sheriff's Office)

VALE - Joshua B. Christoffersen, a convicted felon who led authorities on a day-and-a-half-long manhunt over the New Year's holiday, was released from custody Thursday afternoon following his arraignment in Malheur County Circuit Court. The reasons for his release are unclear.

David Goldthorpe, Malheur County district attorney, said his office failed to convey all the information to Judge Erin Landis at the arraignment.

“I take responsibility for my office and the ball was dropped and the judge didn't have all the information,” Goldthorpe said.

Christoffersen, 40, is suspected of a botched burglary near Harper on Tuesday, Dec. 31. He was being held at . . .