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Police capture suspect in possible kidnapping

Daymien Tilton, 43, of Goshen was arrested at 7th Avenue and Taylor Street after a police chase.

Posted: Feb 6, 2020 6:20 PM
Updated: Feb 7, 2020 7:45 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A man accused of shooting into a woman’s car before driving away with her was captured Thursday night in Eugene.

Daymien Tilton, 43, of Goshen was arrested at 7th Avenue and Taylor Street. At one point, at least 20 units were at the scene, according to a witness.

Police said they developed information that Tilton was near Taco Bell on Barger Drive at about 5:35 p.m.

Officers performed a traffic stop, and Tilton didn't yield, they said. He reportedly took off through town, ending up at 7th and Taylor, where a police unit forced his vehicle to stop.

He was taken into custody without incident, and no one was in the car with him. No one was injured.

The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.


On Jan. 31, police received reports that a man had met a woman in the parking lot of Fred Meyer on Division Avenue. The two argued, shots were fired, and the man may have forced the woman into his car.

The chase traveled north to Junction City, and two cars involved in the possible kidnapping were found. Police reported the following morning that the woman had been found safe but was not cooperating with their investigation.

Tilton was identified as a suspect a few days later and was believed to be armed and hiding out west of Eugene. On Thursday, police said he could be in Springfield.

In the early 2000s, Tilton was convicted of eluding, resisting arrest, forgery, recklessly endangering another person and criminal mischief, among other charges.

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