Gresham kidnap victim handcuffed, threatened for days

Top: (L-R): Christopher Tonlentino and Christopher Dante Andrews. Bottom: (L-R): Whitney Engstrom and Ashley Adams.
Top: (L-R): Christopher Tonlentino and Christopher Dante Andrews. Bottom: (L-R): Whitney Engstrom and Ashley Adams.

GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) — Officials have confirmed that the 34-year-old who was held captive in an apartment was handcuffed and threatened with a knife and a stun gun for several days before being rescued by SWAT officers.

Four people have been arrested in the reported kidnapping of Michael Daugherty, and detectives said additional arrests could follow.

Daugherty was reported missing to Portland Police on Feb. 13, 2014 by his father. On Feb. 14, Gresham police detectives received a tip letting them know about the potential kidnapping of a vulnerable adult man who suffers from reduced cognitive skills. Officials confirmed the tip was creditable, and on Valentine’s Day, members with the East County Metro SWAT team raided the apartment Daugherty was being held, which is located in the 700-block of Southeast 193rdAvenue.

Whitney Engstrom and Daugherty exited the apartment upon the SWAT team’s arrival. Two other people were in the apartment but were never charged. A detective with the Gresham Police Department spoke with Daugherty that afternoon. He reportedly told officers that he had been held hostage for the past few days, officials confirmed.

A Gresham police squad car outside the apartment where SWAT officers rescued the victim. (KOIN)
A Gresham police squad car outside the apartment where SWAT officers rescued the victim. (KOIN)

During the interview, detectives noticed ligature marks on Daugherty’s wrist and legs. Daugherty told police that for much of the time, he had been blindfolded and that the people inside the apartment threatened to kill him using a knife. Daugherty told police that the suspects ordered him to surrender his financial information and the keys to his residence.

Detectives believe Daugherty had been handcuffed to either a bed or chair while being held in the apartment, KOIN 6 News has confirmed.

Investigators learned Christopher Tonlentino, 29, who was arrested Feb. 14 later in the afternoon, Ashley Adams, 26, who was arrested at a Motel 6 in Clackamas and Engstrom planned to rob the victim after they met him over the Internet. Officials said the victim was brought the apartment by Adams on Feb. 12 where Tonlentino reportedly pulled out a knife and proceeded to hold Daugherty captive.

During the time Daugherty was being held, Christopher Andrews, 25, who is now in custody, reportedly showed up at the apartment with a stun gun to threaten him. Andrews told detectives that he went to the victim’s residence and stole property estimated to be $1,000.

Andrews was arrested by Gresham police Tuesday around 7:15 p.m. in the area of Southeast 162nd Avenue and Southeast Main Street. Police said he was armed with a firearm at the time of his arrest.

Adams, Engstrom and Tonlentino all made their first court appearance Tuesday afternoon. Prosecutors with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office have charged them with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery and first-degree theft. Andrews will face similar charges, however, he will also be charged with unlawful possession of a firearm because police said they located a gun on his person when they arrested him.

Andrews will make his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon. The other three suspects are scheduled to have their preliminary hearing Feb. 26, 2014.

Gresham police spokesperson John Rasmussen stressed these type of kidnapping cases are very rare and that the public should not feel threatened.

“This is a rare,” Rasmussen said. “In my nine years with the department, I have not seen this before.”


— Brent Weisberg

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