OSU student charged in Newport kidnapping

The woman was released unharmed.

Posted: May. 31, 2018 10:31 AM

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) -- Police arrested a college freshman accused of kidnapping an Oregon motel worker at gunpoint and then taking the woman on a ride.

Newport police Chief Jason Malloy said Wednesday night a tip led investigators to 19-year-old Cedar Haddad of Corvallis.

Malloy said the suspect pulled a gun on the woman at 3 a.m. Saturday. He then handcuffed the woman and forced her into his car for what turned into a 90-minute ride. Malloy says the driver made several stops before the victim was released unharmed in a neighborhood about a mile from the hotel.

Haddad has been charged with kidnapping and menacing. It is unknown if he has retained a lawyer.

Oregon State University spokesman Steve Clark told The Oregonian/OregonLive that Haddad has been enrolled at the university since fall.

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