Suspect also charged with heroin possession, forgery and interfering with police

A man was arrested in West Linn Thursday for kidnapping his own grandmother.Altenhofen

West Linn police arrested Bryce Altenhofen, 24, Nov. 21 on charges involving kidnapping, possession of heroin, forgery and interfering with police after an investigation revealed he was financially victimizing his 74-year-old grandmother, Carole Franz.

Officers were called to the US Bank inside of Albertsons at 1855 Blankenship Road after a bank employee reported that Altenhofen was acting in a "threatening and ominous" manner toward Franz.

Officer Jeff Mayer responded and discovered that Altenhofen had forced Franz to ride with him while he drove to various banks in an attempt to force her to withdraw money.

Police suspect that Altenhofen was looking for money to pay off a drug dealer.

Altenhofen refused to let Franz leave his vehicle and at various points he withheld her phone so she could not call for help, according to police. When he was taken into custody he was found to be in possession of heroin and a check stolen from Franz.

Franz was physically unharmed in this event.

"This serves as a staunch reminder that everyone in the community has a role in looking out for each other,” West Linn Police Chief Terry Timeus said. “These bank employees made the right call at the right time. We were able to help Ms. Franz gain some sense of safety from the despicable actions of her grandson.”

Altenhofen was being held at the Clackamas County Jail on $297,500 bail.

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