Cornelius man suspected of kidnapping two women arrested
A Cornelius man wanted for kidnapping two women days earlier was arrested Tuesday night, Feb. 4, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said.
Deputies arrested 20-year-old Edgar Adrian Hernandez during a traffic stop at the onramp of Highway 26 at Northwest 185th Avenue around 10 p.m. Tuesday.
On Jan. 29, Hernandez offered to take two women home from a party in Portland to their home in Banks, investigators said. But Hernandez later said he wasn't going to take the women home and started driving erratically, the victims told investigators.
Shortly after midnight, deputies observed a black 2012 Dodge Charger exceeding speeds of more than 100 mph westbound on Highway 26 near the Southwest Canyon Road exit, the Sheriff's Office said. The driver, whom deputies later identified as Hernandez, exited the freeway at Southwest Park Way, reportedly running a red light and nearly crashing into a deputy near Baltic Avenue.
Two other sheriff's deputies tried to stop the car, but Hernandez continued, eventually crashing at Southwest Barnes Road and 118th Avenue, the Sheriff's Office said.
Deputies located the car, but Hernandez had already fled the scene. The two women were still in the car and reported that they had been held against their will.
Deputies conducted a search of the area using a K-9 team, but they were unable to locate Hernandez.
A handgun was later found under the passenger seat, deputies said.
Hernandez currently faces charges including second-degree kidnapping, felon in possession of a firearm and attempting to elude a police officer.
He is being held at the Washington County Jail and has an arraignment hearing scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5.
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