Oregon suspect charged with torturing woman released day of arrival at Nevada jail
A man who is being raided by police in Oregon following a violent kidnapping last week was released by Nevada jail officials in October 2021 on the same day he was transferred to state custody to serve a kidnapping sentence, authorities said Monday.
Benjamin Obadiah Foster, 36, faced decades in prison in Nevada after being charged with five felonies in 2019. However, a deal with Clark County prosecutors allowed him to plead guilty instead to felony and offense. In September 2021, a judge sentenced him to serve between one and two and a half years in state prison.
William Quenga, a spokesman for the Nevada Correctional System, told The Associated Press on Monday that Foster arrived at a correctional facility Oct. 18, 2021, but was released the same day. The judge had factored into Foster’s sentence the 729 days he had spent in jail awaiting trial.
Before moving to Oregon, Foster held his former girlfriend captive in his Las Vegas apartment for two weeks. A Las Vegas Police A report obtained by the news agency said she had been forced to eat laundry detergent, had been choked to the point of unconsciousness and had broken ribs, two black eyes and related injuries to her wrists and ankles. ankles.
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Foster escaped a police raid Thursday in the community of Wolf Creek, Oregon, after being accused of torturing a woman he was holding captive. The victim, found on January 24 in Grants Pass, was hospitalized in critical condition.
Foster is now charged in Oregon with attempted murder, kidnapping and assault.
Grants Pass Police Chief Warren Hensman told The Associated Press it was ‘extremely disturbing’ that Foster was wanted for attempted murder in Oregon instead of still being behind bars in the Nevada.
After posting a photo of Foster, police believe he may have altered his appearance since it was taken. Grants Pass Police Lt. Jeff Hattersley said he cut his shoulder-length brown hair and grew a thicker beard.
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“The Grants Pass Police Department asks the public to pay close attention to Foster’s facial structure and eyes, as these features are very difficult to alter. Additional photos of Foster, as they become available, will be posted. published to aid in its identification,” the Grants said. Pass Police said in a Jan. 29 update.
Authorities believe Foster received help to flee the family compound in Wolf Creek.
Additionally, they announced that Foster was using online dating apps to trick people into helping her in her efforts to evade the police and potentially find new victims. However, Hattersley said on Monday that investigators no longer believe Foster was trying to search for other victims.
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Police offered a $2,500 reward on Friday for information leading to his arrest and prosecution.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.