Newport Police say Redding Police in northern California have arrested a man wanted on charges of abducting a Newport woman just before Christmas. The woman managed to break free from her abductor/boyfriend in Redding, CA and managed to call her family.
The woman was reported missing by her family Saturday, December 24th saying that she was last seen with her boyfriend Thomas Acosta, 50, of Seattle. Newport Police and a special crime team was assembled and they quickly learned that Acosta may have taken the woman to a town in California.
Then the break they needed came through with the woman managing to free herself from her captor, and managing to call her parents. She said she was in Redding, CA and that she’d been taken there against her will and that she had been sexually assaulted.
Newport Police and Redding Police detectives worked together to track down Acosta who was spotted in a Redding shopping mall. Officers arrested him without incident and booked him into the Shasta County Jail where he was being held for Newport Police.
Once returned to Newport, police say Acosta will be booked on various sex-related charges including rape, sexual abuse, coercion, strangulation, assault, menacing and unlawful use of a weapon. There may be more charges develop as the case unfolds. The FBI has placed him on a million dollar hold at the Shasta County Jail pending his extradition back to Oregon and to the the Lincoln County Jail.