An Oregon man wanted on attempted murder and other charges after a woman was found bound and severely beaten last week was in custody Tuesday night, police in Grants Pass said.
Benjamin Obadiah Foster, 36, of Wolf Creek, was in custody after a standoff that lasted several hours, police said in a brief statement.
A press conference was scheduled for Wednesday. Police officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment or further details as the situation was ongoing.
Foster has been the subject of an intense manhunt since January 24, when officers from Grant’s Pass arrived at a home and found a woman who had been “tied up and severely beaten unconscious,” police said at the time.
Foster was wanted for kidnapping, attempted murder and assault, police said.
The victim is said to be in critical condition.
Foster attempted to kill the woman while “deliberately torturing her,” Josephine County District Attorney Joshua Eastman wrote in a court document.
“I’m disgusted by what happened,” Medford Police Chief Warren Hensman said last week, according to NBC affiliate KOBI. “That was an evil act.”
Police said in a Facebook post Tuesday that Foster was seen in the Grants Pass area, apparently walking a dog.
Police had warned that Foster was still using dating apps while police were looking for him and that he might be doing so to contact unsuspecting people to help him.
Two years ago, Foster was convicted in Nevada of holding another woman captive.
In 2019, Foster held his then-girlfriend captive in her Las Vegas apartment for two weeks.
He was initially charged with five felonies, including assault and assault, but reached a settlement with Clark County prosecutors in 2021 to plead guilty to the felony and assault.
He was sentenced to between a year and 2 1/2 years in prison, but he had already served 729 days in prison awaiting trial and was released.
Grants Pass is a city of about 39,000 in southwestern Oregon, about 25 miles north of the California border.
Police officers had surrounded a home in the city on Tuesday, and a crisis negotiator had been at the scene before police announced Foster was in custody, Medford-based NBC affiliate KOBI reported.
Hensman, the police chief, last week described the attack as brutal and said her heart went out to the victim and her family. He said it occurred “over an extended period of time.”
“We normally think this couldn’t happen in our small community of 40,000 people, but this can happen anywhere,” he said.
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