Police arrest man on kidnap charges

Michael David Douglas Mason

Police arrested a Pendleton man Saturday after he allegedly assaulted and stole money from a man and ordered him to drive to a bank.

Police arrested Michael David Douglas Mason, 20, on suspicion of taking $60 from Mark Robert Blanchard's wallet after allegedly striking him in the face and breaking one of his teeth. The incident happened at 115 S.E. Sixth St., No. 10, in Pendleton.

Mason allegedly coerced Blanchard into driving him to Community Bank, where he forced the victim to withdraw another $60. He then had Blanchard drive him to the Sergeant City area of Pendleton.

Mason allegedly told Blanchard he was armed, but never displayed any weapon.

Mason faces charges of first-degree kidnapping, second-degree robbery, fourth-degree assault, menacing , theft by extortion and coercion. Police booked Mason into the Umatilla County Jail in Pendleton where he remains on bail of $127,000, including $50,000 for the kidnapping charge and another $50,000 for the robbery charge.

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