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Sandy man arrested after attempted kidnapping

by: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Casey Betts

Portland Police officers arrested Casey O. Betts, 43, of Sandy, on Monday, July 25, after he reportedly grabbed a 12-year-old boy from his uncle's truck.

Betts was armed with a chunk of concrete, and had his arm around the boy's neck in the middle of the street at the intersection of Southeast 117th Avenue and Yamhill Street.

He was reportedly threatening to kill the boy. Officers subdued Betts with stun guns, allowing the boy to escape.

Before grabbing the boy, Betts had reportedly entered a home in the 11800 block of Southeast Yamhill Street and attempted to grab a girl, pushed another person and then walked out. Police responded to a call about this burglary in process at 9:07 p.m.

Police said that the preliminary investigation revealed the man wanted to be killed by police responding to the scene in a 'suicide by cop.'

Betts was arrested under suspicion of first-degree attempted kidnapping, first-degree burglary, coercion, first-degree kidnapping, menacing and unlawful use of a weapon. He was lodged at Multnomah County Detention Center on $332,500 bail.