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Hermiston man allegedly kidnaps ex-girlfriend, holds her captive for 3 days

UMATILLA COUNTY, Ore. -- A Hermiston man is suspected of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend and holding her captive for three days, according to the  Umatilla County Sheriff's Office.

Jeremy Jeppeson, 42, allegedly kidnapped the woman at a home in Pendleton. Deputies said he kept her in a tan Ford Windstar van and refused to let her leave his side. 

The woman escaped from Jeppeson on Nov. 17 when he parked at the Short Stop gas station at 32553 Punkin Center Rd. in Hermiston and she ran into the convenience store to ask the employees for help. 

According to the sheriff's office, the 32-year-old woman told deputies she got into an argument with Jeppeson at the home in Pendleton three day earlier. She said Jeppeson grabbed her by the hair and dragged her back into the home while she was trying to leave. 

Since then, she said they had been living in his van outside of town, staying on the back roads between Pendleton and Hermiston. She said she had attempted escape several times but couldn't, and that Jeppeson threatened to kill her each time.

The sheriff's office sent out an "attempt to locate" to law enforcement on Nov. 18. Pendleton police located Jeppeson with his van in Pendleton that afternoon. 

He was booked into jail on charges of attempted kidnapping II, coercion, strangulation, menacing, fourth-degree assault and disorderly conduct. He also had a warrant out of Hood River for violating probation. 

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