Suspect to testify against others in attempt to kidnap Columbia Sportswear chairwoman
Jose Luis Arevalo, one of three men arrested in the attempted kidnapping and robbery of Columbia Sportswear matriarch Gert Boyle of West Linn, has pleaded guilty and will testify against his alleged co-conspirators.
Arevalo, 47, pleaded guilty Monday following a settlement conference. He consented to testify as part of his plea agreement, Clackamas County Chief Deputy District Attorney Greg Horner said.
Horner said Arevalo's sentencing will be delayed until after the resolution or trial of two other defendants in the case.
He was charged with first- and second-degree kidnapping, two counts of criminal conspiracy, first-degree burglary and second-degree robbery. He remains under an immigration hold and is lodged at the county jail.
Nestor Gabriel Caballero Gutierrez, 40, the first suspect nabbed in the home invasion of Boyle, and Ramon Alberto Midence, 42, the second arrest, face similar charges plus others, including solicitation to commit a crime. Caballero Gutierrez also faces charges of coercion and fourth-degree assault.
Bail is set at $500,000 for each of the three, all from the Beaverton area.
West Linn police caught Caballero Gutierrez after Boyle, who is in her late 80s, foiled the Nov. 10 robbery at her home on Wildwood Drive. Police said the man had approached her with a gift basket as she returned home from work and forced her inside the house; instead of disarming her security system, she set off a silent panic alarm to alert authorities.
Investigators said Midence dropped off Caballero Gutierrez before the crime. According to West Linn detectives, Arevalo admitted to driving and allowing the use of his van in exchange for $20,000.
A grand jury contended the trio planned to hold Boyle for ransom and began hatching their plan more than a year ago.
Horner of the district attorney's office said the cases against Caballero Gutierrez and Midence will be back in court April 7.