Oregon homeless man with Miley Cyrus at VMAs turns self in
PORTLAND, Ore. - The 22-year-old homeless man wanted on a warrant in Oregon and who attended the MTV Video Music Awards with Miley Cyrus turned himself into police, according to the Polk County Jail on Thursday night.
Jesse Helt was wanted on an outstanding warrant for a probation violation.
The director of Polk County Community Corrections in the Willamette Valley community of Dallas, Oregon, says Helt was booked on a probation violation warrant and then posted $2,500 bail.
Corrections Director Martin Silbernagel says Helt will be expected to appear before a judge in about two weeks.
Helt left the jail late Thursday night and did not answer questions from a KATU photojournalist. He got into a car with an unidentified man and drove away.
Helt was arrested on charges of criminal mischief, criminal trespass and burglary in 2010. According to court records, he broke into the apartment of a man who had been selling what Helt believed to be bad marijuana.
Helt, who was 18 at the time, pleaded guilty to criminal mischief and criminal trespass, both misdemeanors, and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and probation. The arrest warrant was issued in November 2011 after he violated probation.
Helt moved to Los Angeles and lived on the streets while trying to find work as a model.
He gained worldwide attention Sunday when Cyrus let him accept her award for video of the year. Helt, who met Cyrus through the Hollywood homeless center My Friend's Place, used the platform to call attention to the issue of youth homelessness.
Watch video of Helt leaving the Yamhill County Jail Thursday night after he posted bail: