Kalama man charged with kidnapping, attempted murder
A Kalama, Washington, man is in the Columbia County Jail after three days on the run in rural Oregon.
Kevin James Reynolds was arrested in Clatsop County on Thursday, Nov. 17, after Clatsop County and Columbia County deputies and an Oregon state trooper located him in the Westport area.
Reynolds has been eluding law enforcement for weeks.
Cowlitz County deputies had been searching for Reynold since late October, after he allegedly broke into a home and, armed with a rifle, stole a cell phone from a person in the home, The Daily News in Longview, Washington, reported.
Law enforcement in Oregon began searching for Reynolds on Tuesday, Nov. 15, after he allegedly kidnapped a woman he knew and attempted to harm the woman and a man in Rainier. Officials warned residents to avoid contact with Reynolds, who they considered "armed and dangerous."
Reynolds faces charges including attempted murder, burglary, kidnapping and unlawful possession of a firearm.
This is the first time Reynolds has been arrested or charged in Columbia County, Columbia County Sheriff Brian Pixley said.
But Reynolds has a long criminal history across the river in Washington.
He was convicted of assault, vehicle theft and unlawful firearm possession in the past decade, and has more pending cases.
Reynolds was arrested in July, August and September, racking up a list of felony charges including assault, robbery, witness intimidation and theft.
Law enforcement had begun searching for Reynolds in Columbia County on Wednesday, but called off the search that night.
Reynolds was spotted in Westport the following evening, leading to another search by law enforcement. That search was unsuccessful and ended in the early morning hours of Thursday. Later that morning, a resident reported spotting Reynolds and a search team, which had reassembled at daylight, established a perimeter where he had been spotted, the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office said.
Aided by a K-9, deputies tracked Reynolds to an outbuilding, where they used a gas projectile that "proved effective in encouraging Reynolds' peaceful exit of the building."
Reynolds was "taken into custody without further incident" and transported to the Columbia County Jail after being evaluated by paramedics, according to the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office.
Pixley said he expected Reynolds would remain in Columbia County's custody until the criminal case is resolved, rather than being moved back to Cowlitz County, where he faces other charges.
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