A man accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend from a Keizer apartment complex was found hiding in brush near Claggett Creek Wednesday afternoon.
The 20-year-old woman ran from a black Saturn vehicle stopped by Keizer Police Officer Scott Bigler at 11:25 a.m. saying she had been kidnapped and assaulted, authorities said. Officers had been notified of the kidnapping from an apartment complex in the 700 block of Parkmeadow Drive NE just five minutes earlier.
The driver ran northbound on River Road from Promenade Way, then ran down a steep embankment toward a heavily-vegetated area of Claggett Creek.
A Marion County K-9 unit responded to assist for the search, which restricted southbound River Road traffic to one lane in the 5800-6000 blocks. A second K-9 team, Keizer Police Officer Stephen Richardson and dog Axel, found the suspect hiding in brush at about 12:41 p.m.
Additional force was not required.
Police arrested Antonio Jesus Aguilar, 20, no permanent address, for kidnapping, two counts of domestic assault, disorderly conduct, attempting to elude police and probation violation.
The man accused of stabbing his girlfriend and punching her child during May’s Iris Festival parade will spend almost six years in prison.
Mario A. Gutierrez, 21, pleaded guilty last week to assault and unlawful use of a weapon charges stemming from the fight, which spilled over into the parade route along River Road. Witnesses told police Gutierrez approached the woman from behind, stabbing her with a small pocket knife in the arm and hand. He punched her two-year-old child in the process, police said.
“It’s a concern when domestic violence goes out into the open; it’s one of the factors you look at for lethality risks,” said Jean Kunkle, a Marion County deputy district attorney.
Police said the assault stemmed from an incident earlier that day.
Gutierrez was sentenced Wednesday, July 13, to 70 months behind bars after pleading guilty to assault II, assault III and unlawful use of a weapon. He received 18 months on the assault III charge and 14 months on the weapons count; however, sentences will be served concurrently. He won’t be eligible for early release because assault II is a Measure 11 crime, Kunkle said.
Kunkle said the sentences could have been consecutive had Gutierrez chosen to fight the charges.