A suspected kidnapping in Ontario on Monday morning ended in a car crash, two fatalities and two injuries, according to Oregon State Police.
Ontario police responded to a report of a man kidnapping a woman at a convenience store. The suspect, who has been identified as Anthony Montwheeler, 49, of Nampa fled with a woman in a Dodge pickup as officers arrived. Dispatchers had received numerous 911 calls, including one from a caller who said Montwheeler was stabbing the woman in his pickup, said Oregon State Police Lt. Mark Duncan.
Police pursued Montwheeler through the city and onto Highway 201.
Montwheeler, traveling south, crossed the center line and collided with a Ford SUV. The driver of the Ford was pronounced dead at the scene, as was the woman in Montwheeler’s pickup.
Montwheeler and a passenger in the Ford were hospitalized with serious injuries. Charges are pending against Montwheeler.
Duncan said the names of the two people who died have not been released pending notification of their families. The medical examiner in Portland will perform autopsies over the next two days. The medical examiner will determine whether the woman in Montwheeler’s pickup died from stab wounds or from injuries sustained in the crash.