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Interagency Effort Locates Tacoma-area Kidnap Suspect and Victim in Salem
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247
Detective Ed Troyer
Pierce County Sheriff's Office
Office: (253) 798-6609

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Oregon State Police (Oregon State Police) SWAT team members working in cooperation with OSP troopers, Pierce County Sheriff's Office, and Salem Police Department, arrested a 17-year old Salem male Wednesday afternoon related to a reported kidnapping of the suspect's 18-year old estranged girlfriend from the Tacoma area. The victim was found safe and unharmed in Salem.
On February 11, 2009 at 7:15 a.m. the victim was found missing from her grandmother's home on 78th Street Cr. E. in Tacoma. Family members found evidence of a struggle in the home and a small child being babysat by the victim was left alone in the home.
Pierce County Sheriff's Office (PCSO) deputies responded to investigate. Information was developed indicating the victim recently fled an abusive relationship in Oregon and may have been kidnapped by her 17-year old former boyfriend.
At 9:50 a.m. PCSO contacted OSP detectives to be on the lookout for a black car southbound from Washington State to a Salem area address. OSP checked out an address in the 2800 block of Claxter Road NE and spotted a similar vehicle parked there. Troopers and Salem police set up surveillance and a perimeter.
OSP SWAT team members responded to the area and as they were arriving in the neighborhood the suspect was seen getting in the car and starting to leave. The suspect was taken into custody without incident at 1:36 p.m.
Officers contacted the residence and found the victim alone and unharmed.
The juvenile suspect is being detained as a Fugitive from Justice. He will be taken to Marion County Juvenile Detention Center and his name withheld at this time per Marion County District Attorney's Office.
Questions regarding the kidnapping investigation should be referred to Pierce County Sheriff's Office PIO, Detective Ed Troyer, at the listed number.