GRESHAM, Ore. - A fifth person is under arrest in connection with the kidnapping and robbery of a developmentally disabled man. Police have also released new information about how the victim was kidnapped and how he got away.
James Cox, 27, was arrested by Gresham Police on Wednesday evening. Police have not said what role he played in the kidnapping or explained the charges against him.
Ashley Adams, 26, Whitney Engstrom, 25, Christopher Tonlentino, 29, were arrested on February 14, 2014 after police rescued Michael S. Daugherty, 34, from the apartment where police allege they were holding him against his will.
Police arrested Christopher Andrews, 25, on February 18, 2014.
The Multnomah County District Attorney’s office filed a probable cause affidavit on Wednesday with the Multnomah County Circuit Court. The document explains how police believe the suspects kidnapped Daugherty, and how he got away.
Police believe Daugherty was a target, although he didn’t know the suspects.
Engstrom allegedly told police that she, Tonlentino, and Adams met Daugherty on the internet. She said they brought Daugherty to the apartment on Feb. 12 when Tonlentino pulled a knife out on Daugherty.
Engstrom reportedly told police they had planned to rob Daugherty, and that Andrews showed up at the apartment while Tolentino was holding Daugherty down with the knife.
Andrews reportedly admitted to police to being at the apartment, and assisting in the kidnapping, and threatening and restraining Daugherty. Andrews told police he threatened the victim with a stun gun and to stealing from him.
Police said the suspects stole $1,000 worth of Daugherty ‘s property while they held him hostage.
Daugherty told police he was handcuffed to a bed or a chair the entire time he was being held, and that the suspects threatened to kill him with a knife. He also said he was blindfolded, and that the suspects forced him to give them his bank account information, house keys, and tell them where he lived.
In the document, a detective noted he saw “ligature” marks on Daugherty’s legs and wrists.
A SWAT team rescued Daugherty from the apartment on Feb. 14 after police received a tip from someone. Neighbors told KATU News that police used a bull horn to convince 10 people inside the apartment, including the victim, to come outside. Police were concerned one of the suspects had a gun.
Adams, Engstrom, Tonlentino, and Andrews are all being held in the Multnomah County Jail each on a $505,000 bond.
The fifth suspect, Cox, will be in court on Thursday to face formal charges.
Police say there could also be more arrests.