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Sheriff: Mother held at knifepoint mouths 'help me' to strangers in Salem store

Booking photo for Christopher Hahn-Collins

SALEM, Ore. – Deputies arrested a 25-year-old accused of kidnapping a woman and her child at knifepoint after the alleged victim mouthed the words “help me” to shoppers at a Salem store, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said.

According to detectives, Christopher Hahn-Collins is accused of breaking into a woman's house in southeast Salem and waiting for her to return home. She told investigators that Hahn-Collins then held her and her child at knifepoint.

Hahn-Collins didn’t know the victim or her son before the incident took place, the sheriff's office said.

The victim said she convinced Hahn-Collins to take her to a Dick’s Sporting Goods store on Saturday.

Once at the store, she mouthed the words “help me” to several other people. They called 9-1-1 and deputies placed Hahn-Collins under arrest.

He was later booked on first and second-degree kidnapping, menacing, burglary, unlawful use of a weapon, giving false information to police, and a parole violation warrant for a sex abuse case.

If anyone has helpful information relating to the case, they should call (503) 540-8079.

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