Kidnapper heads to prison following sentencing
- Mara Stine
- Gresham Outlook - News
Three Gresham men arrested for a terrifying home invasion and kidnapping in Damascus are serving sentences for their roles in the crime.
The incident took place at 7:30 a.m. May 26, 2008. One of the men entered a fifth-wheel dwelling at 1831 S.E. Foster Road and kidnapped a 35-year-old man who lived there. Meanwhile, a 23-year-old pregnant woman hid in the back and sent text messages to her mother, who notified police.
The suspects drove away with the victim, who has a criminal history of methamphetamine use and identity theft.
A short time later, an alert Gresham patrol officer noticed a car with its windows down despite the rainy weather. The officer - Jeff Durbin - stopped the vehicle in Rockwood, leading to the arrests of three suspects.
• John Jeffrey Shelton Jr., 25, is serving a 70-month sentence after pleading guilty to second-degree kidnapping, unlawful use of a weapon and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
• Mark Anthony Deleon, 29, is serving a 36-month sentence after pleading guilty to first-degree burglary, being a felon in possession of a firearm and motor vehicle theft.
• Dustin Charles Krugle, 26, is serving an 18-month sentence after pleading guilty to unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of a machine gun.
Chris Owen, deputy district attorney for Clackamas County who prosecuted the suspects, said the victim reportedly owed Shelton money. So Shelton came into his home, threatened him with a gun and forced him into a vehicle.
Police considered Shelton the major suspect, in part because he was the only one who entered the home, Owen said.
Durbin's traffic stop likely prevent additional crimes from taking place, Owen added. Not only was the victim's safety in serious jeopardy, but the suspects were using police scanners to monitor officer response. The traffic stop also resulted in the recovery of two stolen vehicles.
Last month, Durbin received a departmental Meritorious Service Medal for his actions.