Oregon suspect accused of torturing women uses dating apps to lure victims, avoid capture: police
Police in Oregon warned the public this week that a suspect accused of torturing women was using dating apps to lure victims and avoid capture.
Benjamin Obadiah Foster, 36, remains on the run as detectives and fugitive apprehension teams continue to follow him and follow up on leads, the Grants Pass Police Department said in a news release.
On Thursday, the department, with the help of Oregon State Police, the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office and federal partners, executed a search warrant at a residence in Wolf Creek, Oregon, to arrest Foster for attempted murder.
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Foster has since been charged with attempted murder, kidnapping and assault after trying to kill a victim in Grants Pass while “deliberately torturing” him and secretly “locking him in a place where he’s unlikely to be found,” Josephine County District Attorney Joshua said. . Eastman wrote in a court document.
Before moving to Oregon, Foster held his ex-girlfriend captive in his Las Vegas apartment for two weeks.
The Associated Press obtained a Las Vegas police report that said the girlfriend was forced to drink lye, choked to the point of unconsciousness, suffered lacerations to her ribs, two black eyes and lacerations to her wrists and ankles.
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Foster was arrested by SWAT the day his Las Vegas girlfriend ran away and charged with five felonies, including assault and battery. But in August 2021, he reached a plea deal with the Clark County District Attorney’s Office that allowed him to plead guilty to one felony count of domestic violence and one misdemeanor count.
He was sentenced to two and a half years in prison, but served less than 200 days of the 729 days he spent in jail.
Last Tuesday, Grant Pass police responded to reports of an assault where they found a woman tied up and severely unconscious. He was taken to hospital in critical condition.
Foster was identified as the suspect and fled the scene before officers arrived, police said.
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When a search warrant was executed Thursday, officers arrested Tina Marie Jones, 68, of Wolf Creek, for hindering prosecution and booked her into the Josephine County Jail.
The search turned up several pieces of evidence, including Foster’s 2008 Nissan Sentra.
Investigators revealed that the suspect is actively using online dating apps to lure unsuspecting individuals who may help him evade the police or become his next victim.
“The Grants Pass Police Department wants the community to be extra safe while this predator is still on the loose and advises that anyone who assists Ben Foster in his escape may face possible criminal charges,” the department said.
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In another press release Sunday, the department said Foster may try to change his appearance by shaving or dyeing his beard and hair. He asked the public to pay attention to Foster’s facial structure and eyes, as they are “very difficult to change”.
Anyone with information should contact the department’s tip line at 541-237-5607. A $2,500 reward is being offered by the department for information leading to the arrest and indictment of Foster.