Man accused in Eugene kidnapping has extensive criminal history

Luke Deitemeyer has been incarcerated multiple different times in multiple states.

Posted: Oct 19, 2019 7:21 PM
Updated: Oct 20, 2019 1:26 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Records show that a man accused in the kidnapping of a 19-year-old girl in Eugene has an extensive criminal history.

Luke Lockee Deitemeyer, 38, of Springfield has a record dating as far back as 2006, when he spent time in a Nebraska prison for burglary and fleeing to avoid arrest.

He was also convicted of counterfeiting and spent time in a prison in Louisiana.


Deitemeyer is accused of threatening the 19-year-old with a knife before forcing her into his car at about noon on Friday.

Two Eugene Police officers were injured in a crash during the high-speed chase and transported to the hospital. They were treated for minor injuries and released the same day.

AussieRae Gwyn was driving with her husband and 3-year-old daughter when she said Deitemeyer side-swiped their car and sped away.

"I've never been in any sort of car accident before and my youngest daughter, barely 3-years-old, was in the back seat, and I'm still a little wary about driving around right now -- anxious I guess," she said.

He was charged with first-degree kidnapping, assault, eluding, reckless driving, and hit and run.

Deitemeyer will have his first court appearance Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Lane County Circuit Court.

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