Late Monday: Police now thinking the Wecoma and Tanger incidents may NOT be releated.
A law enforcement manhunt was still underway Sunday for a man who is suspected of holding two Lincoln city Wecoma Inn employees at knife-point Saturday afternoon and ‘possibly’ later carjacking a young Portland woman, also at knife-point, near her vehicle. She eventually escaped but was slashed in the process of fleeing the car. Her wounds were minor.
Lincoln City Police say it was at 3:10pm when a man threatened two Wecoma Inn employees with a knife and ordered them into a room. They were unharmed. He then left the building.
Then a short while later, just down 101 a short ways, a man with a knife threatened a Portland woman and her friend with a knife and ordered the woman to drive them away from the Tanger Outlet’s parking garage. The friend, who retreated, called 9-1-1 and the hunt was on for the young woman who was by then eastbound on Devil’s Lake Road with a man holding a knife on her.
Police say that the two drove out Hill Road where for some reason the car stopped, the woman opened her door and jumped out, but not before she was slashed by her kidnapper. Her wound was not serious, according to police. Police say the woman dove through a barbed wire fence and ran across an open field to a residence where she was able to call 9-1-1. When police arrived on scene her assailant was gone. Her Volvo was still right where it was parked. A search by Lincoln City Police, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies, and Oregon State Police produced no sign of the man.
The suspect is a tall white male, average build with short reddish hair, last seen wearing jean shorts, a light colored shirt and carrying a white sweatshirt. The suspect was said to have bad teeth with several missing upper front teeth. The descriptions given by the carjacked woman and the two Wecoma Inn employees are very close. But as police further questioned the two employees at the Wecoma Inn, police now are beginning to think that the two incidents may not be related after all.
Police say they don’t know what kind of person they’re dealing with, whether it’s someone on meth or someone simply off their meds, or what. All they care about is that they find the guy and take him off the street. Police say the silver lining in all of this is that the carjacked woman was brave enough to do what was necessary to get away when she saw the opportunity. So many other similar incidents don’t end so fortuitously for the victim. Anyone with any information, or think they may have seen the suspect to call Lincoln City Police at 541-884-3636.