Oregon man accused of hammer attack & abduction of 5-year old

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by KGW Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on January 23, 2013 at 5:56 PM

THE DALLES, Ore. -- Police canceled an Amber Alert Wednesday morning after a 5-year-old boy from The Dalles was found safe, and the suspect in his abduction was taken into custody, police said.

The child was reportedly taken from his home just before 6 a.m. Wednesday by 36-year-old Brian Lester Depriest of The Dalles, according to The Dalles Police Capt. Ed Goodman.

Depriest entered the home and attacked the boy's mother and father with a hammer before kidnapping the boy and leaving the scene in a stolen car, Goodman said.

The assault victims were taken by ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center. Their injuries were serious, but not considered life-threatening.

Depriest and the child were found at around 9 a.m. in Dufur, Oregon, which is just south of The Dalles on Hwy 197, according to the Wasco County Sheriff's Office.

The suspect is a former boyfriend of the boy's mother, and a restraining order was in effect against him.

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