Deputies in Banks arrest suspect in attempted kidnapping
Law enforcement officers conducted an hours-long search for a man suspected of an attempted kidnapping Tuesday, Sept. 10, in Banks, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
Lawrence Alan Roland, a 43-year-old Hillsboro man, allegedly hid in a woman's car, then revealed himself after she dropped her child off at school and attempted to keep her from leaving.
"He was not successful, thankfully," said Deputy Brian van Kleef, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office. "She, as far as I know, is safe and OK at this point."
The kidnapping attempt was reported at about 7:05 a.m. Tuesday near the junction of Nehalem Highway, signed as Highway 47, and Wilson River Highway, signed as Highway 6. Sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene and mounted a search for the suspect in the south end of town.
Just after 4 p.m., the Sheriff's Office confirmed that the suspect had been located. He was subsequently identified as Roland.
Roland was arrested by sheriff's deputies for first-degree kidnapping and menacing.
The Sheriff's Office said law enforcement officers found Roland returning to his vehicle, which he had parked near the alleged victim's vehicle.
Due to their proximity to the search area, Banks public schools were placed under a lockout "as a precaution," van Kleef said.
The lockout disrupted school drop-offs Tuesday morning. It was lifted at about 9:20 a.m., the Sheriff's Office announced.
Burdick and the alleged victim of the attempted kidnapping knew each other, the Sheriff's Office said. It wasn't immediately clear what their relationship is.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to note that the suspect has been located and the school lockout is no longer in effect, as well as with the identity of the accused and additional details on the case provided by law enforcement sources.
By Mark Miller
Washington County Editor
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