Wood Village kidnapping suspect caught

Police are still searching for her accomplice
by: Contributed, Autumn Lorraine Staggs

WOOD VILLAGE - Portland Police arrested a 21-year-old woman Tuesday night who was wanted in connection with a Wood Village kidnapping and robbery.

Officers caught Wood Village resident Autumn Lorraine Staggs, also known as Michelle Brett, just before 6:15 p.m. July 18 when she fled a downtown Portland Rite Aid after reportedly committing an unrelated crime at that location, said Lt. Jason Gates, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

Detectives with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office were sent to the Portland Police Bureau's Central Precinct to question Staggs in relation to the earlier incident in Wood Village.

Multnomah County sheriff's deputies were flagged down at 2:21 p.m. Saturday, July 15, and sent to an apartment in the 23000 block of Northeast Halsey Street, where two boys, ages 10 and 14, had been kidnapped.

Staggs, who rents the two-bedroom apartment at the listed address, sublets one of the rooms to the victims.

While the victims' parents were at work, Staggs and an unknown African American male reportedly tied the boys' wrists with tape and stole $700 from the family.

Multnomah County Sheriff's Deputies are still searching for Staggs' accomplice, Gates said.

The man reportedly threatened the boys with a knife and indicated he would kill them if they tried to escape.

After the suspects left the apartment, the boys freed themselves and went to their parents' place of work, which is near the intersection of Northeast 230th Court and Northeast Halsey Street.

The boys have minor injuries to their wrists from being tied up.

Anyone with information about the second suspect is encouraged to call the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office at 503-261-2810.