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James Donald Cooley arrested May 18 after caller reported woman who was abducted

James Donald CooleyA Rainier man has been charged with kidnapping, attempted assault, stalking and other charges.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office said it arrested 58-year-old James Donald Cooley Monday, May 18, after a caller reported a woman had been abducted.

The caller said the woman stated that she had been "forcibly taken" from her home in Ilwaco, Washington, and had been physically abused.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police responded to a home on Andy Thomas Road in Rainier, more than an hour from the woman's coastal home.

Deputies located Cooley in a trailer with the victim and called for medical assistance, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Brian Pixley said the victim was not hospitalized.

After the investigation confirmed statements from the victim, Cooley was arrested on charges of first-degree kidnapping, attempted felony assault, unlawful use of a weapon, violation of a restraining order, stalking and menacing.

Cooley is now in the Columbia County Jail, with bail set at $185,000.

Court records show a long history of criminal charges against Cooley, dating back to the 1980s. Most recently, Cooley was charged in two separate domestic violence incidents — in Columbia County in 2017 and Multnomah County in 2018 — but charges were dismissed both times.

Pixley said the marks on Cooley's face, visible in the photo, were there when deputies first made contact with Cooley.

"It is unclear at this point how he received them," Pixley said. "We are working with the Pacific County Sheriff's Office in Washington and still actively investigating this case."


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