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Kidnapping Suspect Commits Suicide in Oregon

A suspect in a violent kidnapping in Oregon died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday night after being taken into custody following a standoff with law enforcement. Grants Pass Police Department Lt. Jeff Hattersley said Benjamin Obadiah Foster, 36, died at a hospital hours after he was taken into custody in Grants Pass, the Associated Press reports. Foster barricaded himself under a house as officers from four agencies set up a command post and assembled a SWAT team while attempting to secure his surrender beginning Tuesday afternoon. Police later confirmed Foster was in custody, but a little more than an hour later said he had succumbed to his injuries. Hattersley said authorities received “credible information” that Foster had entered the home where a woman was found unconscious, bound and near death on Jan. 24. She was hospitalized in critical condition.

Foster was spotted Tuesday morning walking a dog in the Grants Pass area. Last Thursday, law enforcement raided a property in the unincorporated community of Wolf Creek, but Foster, who had been staying on family property there, slipped away. Investigators believe he had help getting out of the area. Grants Pass is a town of 40,000 in southwest Oregon. In 2019, before moving to Oregon, Foster held his then-girlfriend captive inside her Las Vegas apartment for two weeks. He initially was charged with five felonies, including assault and battery, and faced decades in prison upon conviction. Foster reached a deal with Clark County, Nv., prosecutors in 2021 that allowed him to plead guilty to one felony count of battery and a misdemeanor count of battery constituting domestic violence. After the 729 days he had spent in jail awaiting trial were factored into his punishment, Foster was left to serve less than 200 additional days in state custody.


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