Oregon’s Grants Pass – A police official reported that the suspect in a brutal kidnapping in Oregon died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday night after being apprehended after a standoff with authorities.
According to Lt. Jeff Hattersley of the Grants Pass Police Department, Benjamin Obadiah Foster, 36, passed away in a hospital several hours after being arrested in Grants Pass, Oregon.
Beginning on Tuesday afternoon, officers from four agencies congregated in the area, set up a command post, and gathered a SWAT team to secure Foster’s surrender. Foster then barricaded himself under a house.
Hattersley declared the crisis to be settled just before eight o’clock, although he did not immediately confirm whether Foster had been taken into custody. Foster was eventually taken into prison, according to the police, but an hour or so later it was reported that he had died from his wounds.
According to Hattersley, officials have “reliable information” that Foster entered the home where a lady was discovered on January 24 unconscious, shackled, and in critical condition. She was admitted to the hospital in a critical state.
Some locals were informed to shelter in place while police gathered at the residence where Foster was found, according to the Daily Courier.
According to a Facebook post from the Grants Pass Police Department, Foster was seen Tuesday morning in the Grants Pass vicinity while walking a dog.
Foster, who was residing on the family property there when police officials searched a home in the unincorporated village of Wolf Creek last Thursday, managed to escape. The neighborhood is surrounded by forested mountains, but police think Foster had assistance leaving the region rather than vanishing alone into the woods.
Near Interstate 5, in the southwest of Oregon, is the town of Grants Pass, population of 40,000.
Foster held his ex-girlfriend hostage in her Las Vegas residence for two weeks in 2019 before traveling to Oregon. He was initially accused of five felonies, including violence and assault, and a conviction could have resulted in decades behind bars.
Foster and Clark County prosecutors came to an agreement in August 2021 that permitted Foster to enter a guilty plea to one felony battery charge and one misdemeanor battery charge involving domestic abuse.
He was given a prison term of up to 2 1/2 years in Nevada by a judge. Foster had to serve less than 200 more days in state custody after the 729 days he had already been in jail while awaiting trial were taken into account in his sentence.
Authorities claim that a man suspected of torturing a woman in Oregon used dating apps to find his victims
Authorities said on Friday that a man accused of torturing a woman and holding her captive in Oregon is using dating apps to seek out new victims or to entice people into aiding him in eluding law enforcement.
Police are conducting a thorough, 24-hour search for Benjamin Obadiah Foster, 36, after a woman was discovered bound and “severely battered into unconsciousness” on January 24 in Grants Pass, Oregon. She was admitted to the hospital in a critical state.
To apprehend Foster for attempted murder, Grants Pass police, county officers, an Oregon State Police SWAT team, and supporting federal officials conducted a raid on a property in Wolf Creek, an unincorporated area approximately 20 miles north of Grants Pass, on Thursday.
Grants Pass police reported Friday that “Foster evaded apprehension after a protracted manhunt and probably got assistance in leaving the region.”
Authorities detained Foster’s vehicle during the search and detained Tina Marie Jones, 68, for obstructing the investigation.
Foster had traveled to a rural area in Wolf Creek and purposefully driven his car over an embankment, according to court records. Following that, Jones took Foster to the home that was searched on Thursday.
Foster “is aggressively using online dating programs to contact innocent people who may be enticed into helping the suspect escape or maybe as more victims,” according to the authorities.
While this predator is still on the loose, Grants Pass police have encouraged the public to be “particularly safe,” and they have issued a warning that anyone who helps Foster escape could face legal repercussions.
On Friday, police announced a $2,500 reward for information that would result in Foster’s capture and prosecution.
Foster is wanted by authorities for attempted murder, kidnapping, and assault, according to a Sunday update from the authorities. Foster is considered to be “very dangerous” since they think he would attempt to modify his appearance and are aware of his possession of a gun.
Foster has a prior conviction for kidnapping a lady in Nevada.
It is “very worrisome,” Grants Pass Police Chief Warren Hensman told The Associated Press last week, that Foster was free and able to prey on other women rather than still being in jail for the crimes in Nevada.
When Foster was initially charged with five felonies following his arrest for keeping his then-girlfriend hostage in her Las Vegas residence for two weeks in 2019, according to AP, he faced the possibility of spending decades behind bars.
Foster, according to the AP, was able to work out a deal with the local prosecutors in 2021 and enter a guilty plea to one felony count of battery and one misdemeanor count of battery involving domestic violence. Foster was given a prison term of up to 2 12 years in Nevada.
Foster arrived at a prison intake facility on October 18, 2021, but was freed the same day because the judge took into account the 729 days he had already spent in custody while awaiting trial, according to William Quenga, a spokesman for the Nevada prison system. Foster had already served the bare minimum of his prison term, but he still had a full year to go before reaching the judge’s recommended maximum.
Foster was out of detention at the time, according to court documents, serving a suspended jail term for carrying a concealed firearm without a permit.
According to court documents, he was also awaiting trial in another domestic violence case from 2018 at the time. A copy of the agreement states that Foster’s plea agreement with the prosecution in 2021 resolved the domestic violence matter, and he was “sentenced to credit for time served.”