A Lincoln City area man has pleaded guilty to Robbery, Assault, Kidnapping and Unlawful Use of a Weapon during a carjacking and kidnapping that occurred at the Lincoln City Tanger Mall july 3rd. Court testimony revealed that Shawn Griep, 28, initially rounded up two workers at the Inn at Wecoma in Lincoln City, forced them at knifepoint into a room and then closed the door. But for some reason, Griep turned and fled the building.
A short while later, a young Portland area shopper at the Tanger Mall walking to her car was accosted by Griep at knifepoint and was told to get in her car and drive. Her female companion managed to flee and call police.
Meanwhile, Griep got in the car with the young woman and ordered her to drive them out of the shopping center. The victim later said he ordered her to head out into the countryside where she feared he would kill her. Desperate, she stopped her car by a rural house and jumped out. She said Griep cut her arm with his knife. She still managed to run to the house and call for help.
When police arrived they found her car, but no sign of Griep. A few days later, after a lengthy investigation they found him in a house at the north end of the Lincoln City area where he was taken into custody after being found hiding in a closet.
Griep pleaded guilty to the charges this week in Lincoln County District Court and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. it’s not his first stint behind bars, according to prosecutors.