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Police: Oregon suspect forced woman to drive him 2K miles

Posted at 1:52 PM, Jun 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-21 18:37:05-04

NORTH BEND — NORTH BEND, Oregon (AP/TMJ4) — Authorities say a man sought in the killings of his father and two other people in a small Oregon city forced a woman to drive him more than 2,000 miles in her car to Wisconsin, where he turned himself in.

Police said Sunday that Oen Evan Nicholson approached a woman after she returned to her parking spot during her lunch break on Friday in Springfield, Oregon, and forced her to drive him north.

Authorities were notified Sunday morning that Nicholson had turned himself into police in Milwaukee.

Police say the woman wasn't harmed.

"The earnestness of working on this case was first and foremost for the safety of the public, and so there's always a sign of relief when your suspect is in custody," North Bend Police Chief Robert Kappelman said during a briefing on Sunday.

It is not known if Nicholson has a lawyer to speak on his behalf.

The father of the woman who was forced to drive across country posted a picture on Facebook showing her back in Oregon on Sunday night with a note that she was resting.

Oregon officials said Nicholson is expected to make a court appearance in Wisconsin this week.

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