Deputies: Man kidnapped ex-wife’s new boyfriend

Craig P. Waits, 53, of Lyons was booked into the Linn County Jail and faces multiple charges

Craig Watts, November 7, 2016 (Linn County Sheriff's Office )
Craig Watts, November 7, 2016 (Linn County Sheriff's Office )

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Linn County man was arrested after deputies say he kidnapped his ex-wife’s new boyfriend at gunpoint, tied him to a weight bench for several hours and struck him with the butt of a rifle.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office said Craig P. Waits, 53, of Lyons was booked into the Linn County Jail and faces charges of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery, first-degree theft, strangulation, assaulting a public safety officer and resisting arrest.

On November 2, deputies said they were informed Waits had kidnapped the boyfriend. The boyfriend and Waits’ former wife were both living with him in the 44000 block of West McCully Mountain Drive.

In addition to tying the boyfriend to a weight bench and hitting him with a gun, Waits also put a plastic bag over his head, authorities said. Waits then let the boyfriend go and told him to leave Oregon, according to deputies.

After being released, the boyfriend went to a hospital for treatment.

Deputies learned Waits was in possession of multiple firearms, had security cameras at his home and had set up booby traps on much of his property. So, they set up a perimeter and kept watch around the suspect’s land.

At 11 p.m. on Sunday, deputies said they were able to speak with Waits and convinced him to meet with authorities in his driveway. When they tried to take Waits into custody, the sheriff’s office said he resisted and had to be tazed. He was then jailed.