|Randy Ray Richardson|
His attorneys had agreed for him to turn himself in Friday afternoon. But instead, he spent the weekend as a fugitive, then was arrested downtown on Monday at Southwest 3rd Avenue and Madison Street carrying $50,000 in cash--just enough to make bail.
Richardson, a former Multnomah County prosecutor, didn't need his money: The jail is crowded enough that a nonviolent professional doesn't merit a bed. But jail staff did take a mug shot--one in which he looks almost as confident as he did a year ago, when he was arrested on suspicion of hitting his girlfriend ("Randy Richardson was a hotshot criminal defense lawyer. Now he needs one," WW, May 28, 2003).
The indictment includes the charge of witness-tampering in the attempted-murder case that sparked the probe. It also folds in another witness-tampering charge in the case of Ali Houdroge, who accused Richardson of sleeping with his ex-wife ("Cooling the 'Hotshot,'" WW, Sept. 17, 2003). And finally, it accuses Richardson of stealing from his clients.
At press time Richardson had not entered a plea--but he is expected to try to beat his former employer in court.