Police say man kidnapped grandma in scheme to pay off drug dealer

WEST LINN, Ore. - A 24-year-old man was arrested Thursday after police say he kidnapped his 76-year-old grandmother and attempted to force her to withdraw money from various banks so he could pay off his drug debts.

Police said when they arrested Bryce Altenhofen he was carrying heroin and a check he stole from his grandma, Carole Franz.

An employee at a U.S. bank inside a grocery store at 1855 Blankenship Rd. called police to report that Altenhofen was acting menacingly toward Franz.

When police arrived, they say they learned that Altenhofen had forced Franz to ride with him while he drove around to various banks in an attempt to get her to withdraw money. Police said he refused to let her leave the vehicle and took her phone so she couldn't call for help.

"This serves as a staunch reminder that everyone in the community has a role in looking out for each other," said West Linn Police Chief Terry Timeus. "These bank employees made the right call at the right time. We were able to help Ms. Franz gain some sense of safety from the despicable actions of her grandson"

Altenhofen was charged with kidnapping, possession of heroin, second-degree forgery, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and interfering with making a report. He's in jail on $297,500 bail.