Police rescue boy being held hostage
Suspect armed with a rock subdued by Taser
Portland police rescued an 12-year-old boy being held hostage by a 43-year-old man armed with a rock Monday evening.
The boy was not injured.
Police arrested Casey Betts and him charged with first-degree attempted kidnap, first-degree burglary, coercion, first-degree kidnapping, menacing and unlawful use of a weapon. He was lodged in the Multnomah County Detention Center on $332,500 bail.
According to police, the incident began at 9:07 p.m. when officers from East Precinct responded to a call of a burglary in process in the 11800 block of Southeast Yamhill Street. According to the call, a stranger walked into a house armed with a rock. The suspect was described as a white man in his 40s, wearing blue jeans a gray and red shirt and a red hat. He had entered the house, tried to grab a girl, pushed another person, and then walked out.
The officers saw a man matching the description of the suspect standing in the middle of the street at Southeast 117th Avenue and Yamhill Street. He had his left arm around a young boy's neck in a choke hold and was holding a large rock in his other hand. The suspect was threatening to kill the boy, who was in a state of extreme fear and looked distressed. The boy had apparently been taken hostage and was being used as a human shield.
Officers made a plan to rescue the hostage. Officers on the scene had the suspect at gunpoint and gave him verbal commands to give up. Other arriving officers then approached the suspect from his blind side and deployed their Tasers, causing him to loosen his grip on the boy, allowing him to escape.
When the suspect fell and dropped the rock, the officers were able to take him into custody.
Police bureau Assault Detail detectives are investigating the incident. They learned that the man had entered the house intending to take a girl hostage, but he left when he wasn't successful. The suspect then walked from the house to a truck on the same street, flung open a passenger side door and grabbed the boy.
The boy's uncle was also in the truck.
A preliminarily investigation determined that the suspect apparently wanted to be killed by police, also known as 'suicide by cop.'