Authorities in southwest Oregon found a bound and abused lady in a residence last week, and a CNN station reports that the kidnapping suspect has since committed suicide by gunshot. According to CNN station KTVL, quoting a police spokesperson, 36-year-old Benjamin Obadiah Foster died in a hospital on Tuesday evening following a lengthy confrontation with authorities in Grants Pass, Oregon.
KTVL reported that officers ended the standoff after surrounding the house where they thought Foster was hiding and attempting to negotiate with the suspect. Tuesday night, Grants Pass police released a statement saying Foster was “in custody” following the standoff, but gave no further information. On Wednesday, the agency plans to conduct a press conference.
When police arrived at a Grants Pass home on January 24 to investigate a report of a woman being beaten senseless, they found Foster, who they claimed was wanted for attempted murder, kidnapping, and assault. Foster is accused of torturing the woman with the goal of killing her, according to the charging documents filed by the prosecution.
According to the head of the Grants Pass Police Department, the victim remained in critical condition in the hospital as of Sunday. Hensman told CNN that Foster and his victim had a “prior relationship” before the attack. He just stated, “This was not a random attack,” without providing any further context.
When police got to the site last week, the suspect was already gone, so they launched a massive, multi-day hunt for him, drawing on tips from the public and involving federal, state, and local authorities. The cops were cautioned to be careful while looking for Foster because he was “extremely dangerous” and could be armed.
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According to Hensman, he was “definitely a threat to others,”, especially to anyone who tried to befriend him. Researchers have concluded that Foster had assistance from another person while evading authorities. They added said he might have been using dating apps to identify fresh victims or enlist help on his getaway.
Responding Officers Found ‘Disgusting Scene’
Hensman told CNN that the police encountered “an absolutely disgusting scene,” when they arrived to a 911 call from a friend of the victim. He stated that the woman had been subjected to the alleged abuse for a “protracted amount of time” prior to her discovery.
In describing the scene, the police chief said, “This will stay stained in my memory for many years to come,” Clark County court records from Las Vegas indicate that at least two women who were in relationships with Foster accused him of assault and abuse.
An ex-girlfriend of Foster’s claimed that he had strangled her in a fit of rage in 2017 after discovering that she had been texting another guy. According to the paperwork, Foster was arrested and charged with felony battery for domestic abuse.
During the pendency of that case, he was charged with felony assault, battery, and kidnapping after his then-girlfriend informed police that he had strangled her many times and had her tied up for most of a two-week period.
According to the Las Vegas police report, the woman was able to get away by telling Foster they needed to go grocery shopping and then sneaking out of the store. According to the report, by the time she made it to the hospital, she had suffered seven broken ribs, two black eyes, and abrasions to her wrists and ankles from being bound.
To resolve both charges, Foster entered into plea bargains. He was given credit for 729 days served out of a maximum sentence of 30 months in the first case.
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