Robbery hoax at Gina's Restaurant a kidnapping attempt
A Woodburn woman suspected of hoaxing a robbery at Gina's Restaurant was charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping in Marion County Circuit Court May 29.
Chanh Tran, 47, of Woodburn, is accused of hiring Conan Dehut, a homeless man from Portland, to kidnap her sister, Chung Liu Huang, an employee at Gina's.
At about 9:30 a.m. May 24, Woodburn police officers responded to Gina's Restaurant, located at 1186 N. Pacific Highway, on a report of an armed robbery. Police found two victims inside the restaurant, Tran and Huang. Tran received a serious laceration to her arm during a struggle with Dehut who had a knife. Local EMS transported Tran to an area hospital in stable condition. Tran appeared in Marion County Circuit Court Tuesday with a thick bandage wrapped around her left forearm.
Investigators now say that the robbery was a failed attempt to kidnap Huang.
Investigators reportedly learned that Tran met her accomplice, Dehut, 36, in the Portland area. She allegedly bought him a phone and offered him money to stage a robbery attempt. Video surveillance showed Tran had dropped off Dehut behind the restaurant over an hour before the robbery, according to police.
Police said Tran cooperated during the investigation. Dehut was arrested May 25 near 82nd Avenue and Johnson Creek Boulevard in Portland.
Both Tran and Dehut were lodged into Marion County Jail on May 25 on charges of attempted robbery, unlawful use of a weapon and menacing.
Tran's bail has been set at $1 million, while Dehut's bail has been set at $65,000.