Oregon man accused of kidnapping to settle debt
Story by Amanda Arden - Story Source
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A Grants Pass man is facing a federal kidnapping charge after allegedly kidnapping a man in Oregon and driving him to California to exchange for ransom.
David Brian Scott was charged with kidnapping in the U.S. District Court in Medford, according to court documents filed Monday.
According to a press release from the Red Bluff Police Department and an affidavit submitted by a Portland Field Division FBI special agent, Scott was initially arrested on Sept. 5, 2020. Investigators say he kidnapped a man in Medford and drove him across the state line to Red Bluff, Calif. where he received money in a ransom exchange to settle a debt.
The affidavit says the kidnapping happened the morning of Sept. 5 when Scott arrived at a warehouse and claimed his vehicle was having problems. He said he needed water for it and asked to speak to the victim.
While the two were speaking, the victim told investigators Scott poured water on him, slapped him twice, and tased him.
The victim said Scott told him he was there to collect money the victim owed to another person and that he would not let him go until he had the money. The victim reportedly told Scott he could get the money, but they would need to go to Yuba City, California to get it from his friends.
According to court documents, the victim said Scott forced him into the victim's own pickup truck and Scott drove the truck to a business in Central Point, where he parked the truck and then got into a Chevrolet Avalanche driven by a woman.
The victim said he was put in the back seat and was told to start making arrangements for the $25,000 ransom exchange money.
During the drive, the victim said he called his friends and they agreed to bring the money to a location in Red Bluff where they would meet Scott. The victim said Scott threatened him several times during the drive. He said Scott threatened to harm his parents and girlfriend if the victim did not get him the money or if he involved the police.
While Scott, the driver, and the victim were traveling to Red Bluff, one of the victim's friends gathered the $25,000 for ransom and another called the Red Bluff Police Department. Read full story