Woman sentenced to 7.5 years

by: CONTRIBUTED: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF - Ashley Marie AdamsOne of the people charged with kidnapping and “terrorizing” a disabled man in February has pleaded guilty, according to KOIN 6News.

Ashley Marie Adams, 26, who helped lure the victim to a Gresham apartment complex, pleaded guilty Thursday, June 5 to first-degree robbery, second-degree robbery, first-degree kidnapping, second-degree kidnapping, first-degree theft and identity theft.

Adams was sentenced by Judge Michael A. Greenlick to 7.5 years in prison. Her sentencing on the kidnapping charges was set over until September of 2014 to give prosecutors enough time to resolve or go to trial with the other five associated cases.

Also facing charges in the kidnapping are Whitney Lee Engstrom, 26; Christopher Aaron Tolentino, 29; Christopher Dante Andrews, 25; James Dayton Cox, 27; and Joseph G. Schwab, 50.

Gresham police said Adams played a direct role in the kidnapping, according to KOIN of Michael Daugherty, 34. Daugherty, who was in the courtroom and asked for privacy, was lured to a Gresham apartment complex by Adams, police said. Inside, police said he was tied up with either rope or handcuffs and was threatened with a stun gun, court documents state.

The victim's father reported Feb. 13 that his adult son, who has reduced cognitive skiils, was missing. Detectives said they received a reliable tip of the man being held captive inside the complex.

On Feb. 14, Gresham police and the East Multnomah County SWAT team stormed the apartment complex in the 700 block of Southeast 192nd Avenue and used a blow horn to order everyone in the complex to come outside.

Detectives said they found the victim inside and that he had been “terrorized” with a blindfold over his eyes. A detective with the Gresham Police Department spoke with Daugherty that afternoon. He reportedly told officers that he had been held hostage for the past few days, officials confirmed.

During the interview, detectives noticed ligature marks on Daugherty’s wrist and legs. Daugherty told police that for much of the time, he had been blindfolded and that the people inside the apartment threatened to kill him using a knife. Daugherty told police that the suspects ordered him to surrender his financial information and the keys to his residence.

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