SHPD officers arrest kidnapping suspect Tristin Litts
UPDATED: St. Helens police officers recently arrested a suspect involved in a kidnapping incident that happened earlier this month.
Tristin Clay Litts, 20, of St. Helens, was arrested on a multitude of charges ranging from first degree kidnapping, to assault to sexual abuse, stemming from the incident.
Litts has been arraigned and is being held on $20,000 bail in the Columbia County Jail.
On Nov. 14, SHPD officers received reports of suspicious activity in the 700 block of Oregon Street, according to a news release from the department.
When officers responded to the scene, they located a female victim along with the suspect who was still on scene.
Officers determined that Litts had solicited house-sitting and cleaning services online from the victim. When the woman showed up to speak with the him about the services, Litts walked with her for several blocks under the guise that he was leading her to his home, the release from SHPD states. Litts, however then allegedly grabbed the woman, pulled her into the bushes, held a knife to her throat, and threatened to sexually assault her. The woman was able to escape and called 911, the release adds.
Sgt. Evin Eustice explained that while there is no threat to the public at this time, police encourage anyone who was in the Oregon Street area who saw something to report the information if they have not already done so. Additionally, if similar incidents have taken place, but have not yet been reported, police would like to know, he added.
After the incident, a K-9 team from the Hillsboro Police Department was called to assist with the investigation and police were able to locate the knife that was used during the assault.
SHPD does have a K-9 team, but the handler was out sick the night of the incident, and the Columbia County Sheriff's Office K-9 was away at training, Eustice explained.
Litts was charged with two counts of Kidnapping I, Attempted Rape I, Sex Abuse I, Attempted Sex Abuse I, Assault II, Coercion, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Menacing,
SHPD said there are no outstanding suspects in the case and there is no danger to the public at this time.
Editor's note: This story has been edited to include more details and information that was not previously provided.