PRINEVILLE, Ore. — Oregon State Police said a traffic stop by a trooper Wednesday night in Redmond led to the arrest of a suspect who had earlier bound and threatened a man inside his Prineville-area home.
According to Crook County Sheriff’s Office, an OSP Trooper stopped a 2008 Jeep Wranger on Highway 126E near the intersection with Highway 97 for driving without headlights on.
The trooper suspected the car may have been stolen and he detained and handcuffed the driver, identified as 20-year-old Skyler Suchodolski from Prineville, after finding a handgun under the front seat, in addition to observing other firearms and items in the vehicle that made the trooper suspicious.
The OSP trooper contacted Crook County dispatch and asked an officer contact the vehicle’s registered owner for a welfare check. When offficers arrived at the residence, they saw through a window that a man was tied to the kitchen chair. The officers entered the home and untied the man who was identified as the vehicle’s owner, 73-year-old Leo Novak.
The officers noticed Novak’s hands were swollen and bleeding from the ligatures and transported him to a nearby hospital. The attending ER physician told officers if Novak hadn’t been discovered then his hands most likely would have to be amputated if the ligatures were left on much longer.
Subsequent to follow up investigation, Suchodolski was transported back to the Crook County Jail and lodged on multiple charges including kidnapping, burglary and theft. His bail was initially set at $215,000.