At about 2:30 this morning, two men left their apartment on Villard Street to pick up a friend. When they got into their car, a frightening surprise awaited them. Jeramey Ortega, 27 of Halsey, OR was in the backseat, and told both men that he would shoot them if they did not comply with his demands. Fearing for their lives, the men drove Ortega to various locations to find gas, but no stations were open. When the car stopped at a convenience store, one of the hostages jumped out and called police.
Officers were learning details about the outstanding vehicle, victim, and Mr. Ortega’s description as they received a call from the second man taken hostage. That man described the car stopping at a shopping center on Coburg Road, where he was able to take decisive action when his kidnapper was distracted. He estimated punching his captor at least 20 times before ordering him out of the car. Ortega ran off to the South.
Though Officers and a police K9 were unable to locate Ortega at first, Eugene Police received a call of a subject sleeping in a vehicle on Centennial Loop just after 6 am this morning. The first officer to arrive noted the matching suspect description from the kidnapping, and officers arrested Mr. Ortega without incident.
At the time of his arrest, Jeramey Ortega was wanted for a Parole Violation and warrants from two other jurisdictions. He was charged today with Kidnapping in the First Degree, Robbery in the Second Degree, 2 counts of Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle. More charges may be forthcoming.
Both victims in this case were unharmed.
This case serves as a reminder to be aware of your surroundings at night, and that this case was quickly solved because of the excellent description and cooperation from the victims in this case.