SALEM, Oregon - On Saturday evening, an 87 year old Salem woman had intentions of picking up her grandson. That good intention turned into an overnight ordeal she will never forget. She was attempting to help her grandson, 22-year-old Robert White, suspected of using methamphetamines.
After placing her grandson in a hotel room for a couple of days she had to inform him that the money had run out and he needed to leave the hotel. After leaving the room yesterday evening Mr. White was picked up by his grandmother and that is when the situation grew further out of control.
Mr. White entered the back seat of his grandmother's car, placed a knife to his throat and told her to drive. Driving through the night while her grandson smoked methamphetamine and rambled about the police following him for the past nine months, relief finally came when Mr. White called 911 at about 8 a.m., this morning.
Utilizing GPS technology, dispatcher's at the Willamette Valley Communications Center we able to guide Deputies to Mr. White and his grandmother. Deputies safely stopped the vehicle on State Street just east of Lancaster Drive in Salem, Mr. White was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Marion County Jail. Although tired, Mr. White's grandmother was not harmed during the near 12 hour ordeal.
Mr. White is currently at the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Unlawful Possession of Meth, Kidnapping II, Menacing, Criminal Mischief I and Violation of a Protective Order, the protected party being his grandmother.