Oregon kidnapping suspect likely killed 2 others before standoff, police say


Benjamin Foster, in what is described as a case of torture and attempted murder. Died by suicide in Grants Pass on Tuesday.
A woman accused of torturing and trying to kill an Oregon man is believed to have killed two people. Before shooting herself during a standoff with police, authorities said Wednesday.

Oregon kidnapping suspect likely killed 2 others before standoff, police say

Benjamin Foster, 36, became the subject of an intense manhunt after he tied up. And badly beat a woman in Grants Pass, southwest Oregon, on Jan. 24.

The woman, who officials said was in a former domestic relationship with Foster. Was in critical condition Wednesday, Grants Pass Police Chief Warren Hensman said.

Before Foster killed himself Tuesday, he killed two other people, officials said. Who went door-to-door looking for residents in Wolf Creek. A community about 20 miles north of Grants Pass.

“We believe that blunt force trauma was the cause of the injury.” Oregon State Police Capt. Kyle Kennedy said at a news conference. “It’s a brutal scene.”

Kennedy said there is no known relationship between Barron and Griffiths and Foster.

On Thursday, Foster fled from law enforcement officers. Who surrounded a home in Wolf Creek, Hensman said.

Kennedy said authorities were checking. On area residents when they discovered Barron and Griffith. Who were likely killed sometime after 3:30 p.m. Monday. And just before 7:10 a.m. Tuesday morning, Foster took a cab to Grants Pass, officials said.

A man walking the same animal as Foster on Tuesday morning, Hensman said.

Hensman said law enforcement officials cordoned off a home. And told residents within a half-mile to shelter in place. During the lengthy standoff, Foster “hunted deep into the house.” And appeared to have shot himself once in the head with a .45-caliber firearm, Hensman said.

Police had to cut the floorboards to remove him, Hensman said. Dead at the hospital, Hensman said.

A dispute started in the neighborhood where the woman was found a few days ago. Foster tried to kill her while “deliberately torturing” her. The district attorney said in charging documents. Hensman said police tied him up and beat him when a friend went to check on him.

He “has a long road to fight himself to recovery,” he said.

While authorities searched for Foster in Oregon and elsewhere. Grants Pass police said Foster was using dating apps. And warned he was trying to lure the suspects into helping him. Hensman said Wednesday that the warning is just a warning.

Two years ago, Foster was convicted in Nevada after holding. His then-girlfriend captive for two weeks in her Las Vegas apartment.

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