BATTLE GROUND -- A Vancouver man was arrested by Clackamas County sheriff's deputies Saturday evening after he forced his former girlfriend at gunpoint to pull over on I-205, from where she was taken to a remote area near Battle Ground, escaping with the man's gun after he fell asleep, police said.
Jose Guadalupe Pinedaleon,33, was taken to the Clackamas County jail on accusations of attempted murder and first-degree kidnapping. He will be arraigned Monday.
The Beaverton woman at first declined to tell police about the ordeal out of fear that she would be killed by him, said sheriff's office spokesman Det. Jim Strovink. He praised her courage to come forward with the truth.
Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a recreational target range near Woodland or Battle Ground and finding a good Samaritan who helped the woman escape.
In a prepared statement, Strovink said the drama began about 3 a.m. Saturday when the 26-year-old victim finished her shift at the El Vaquero Sports Bar on Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard in Milwaukie.
Pinedaleon had reportedly been drinking, came to the bar and followed her to the parking lot. He tried to talk her into reconciliation
but she refused his advances, getting into her car to head home to her two children.
He then reportedly followed her, calling her cellphone and threatening to shoot her if she didn't pull over. Pinadeleon then pulled up
alongside and fired a shot into the driver's side of the car near the Stafford Road exit.
Fearing for her life, the woman pulled over. Pinedeleon forced her into his car and drove her to an isolated area around Woodland or
Battle Ground, possibly an old gravel pit that now serves as a shooting range. Once they arrived, he continued to threaten to kill her.
Strovink said no physical assault took place. After several hours, Pinedaleon fell asleep and the victim escaped on foot with his gun
about 7 a.m.
As she ran, she waved down an older gray SUV driven by a young woman. The good Samaritan drove her to a Chevron station in Battle Ground, but a language barrier made communication difficult. What the SUV driver may not have known at that moment was that Pinedaleon had woken up and followed them and she was in the middle of a violent abduction.
Pinedaleon started sending text messages to the woman during the drive to the station, threating her if she told police what had
happened. He also said he had an accomplice to carry out the threats to her and her children if she talked to the cops.
At the gas station, she fled into the woman's restroom hoping to find refuge there. She emptied the handgun and dismantled the components, placing them inside her clothing.
Gas station attendant Andrew Peterson told KGW that he knew right away that the woman was terrified. After she left the restroom, Pinedaleon continued to harrass her and at the first push, police were called. Peterson thought it was at the time, a domestic dispute.
The woman was invited into the gas station for comfort and provided with a cup of coffee. Pinedaleon stood outside peering in through a window but Peterson pointed to each other's eyes to let him know he was being watched. Battle Ground is a small town, Peterson said, where residents help people in need.
The officers who responded spoke with Pinedaleon and the victim. Fearing the threats to her and her children, she decided not to tell them about the abduction.
She called her ex-husband, who drove there and picked her up. On the drive back home, she told him all about the abduction. She decided then to call the Clackamas County sheriff's office and provide the details of the early morning ordeal.
Detectives then joined the investigation, along with a victim's assistance worker, who helped her describe the events. At about 6:50 Saturday night, Pinedaleon was arrested without incident in the 12100 block of Southeast 82nd Avenue. He was driving a 2008 black Dodge Charger which was used in the abduction.
Anyone with information about the case, particularly the good Samaritan and the location of the target range, is asked to call the
sheriff's office tip line at (503) 723-4949. You can also send a text message to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword CCSO. Emergency calls should be made to 911.