California kidnapping suspect arrested near Talent; victim found safe

The suspect in a kidnapping case out of Humboldt County, California was taken into custody in Jackson County on Wednesday.

Posted: Aug 6, 2020 4:22 PM
Updated: Aug 6, 2020 4:30 PM

TALENT, Ore. — The "armed and dangerous" suspect in a California kidnapping case was arrested in Talent on Wednesday, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office. The victim was also found safe.

Deputies with the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office began looking for 43-year-old George Rose on August 3 after he reportedly forced his way into a home in the community of Fieldbrook. Armed with a gun, Rose reportedly took three people hostage, including 27-year-old Joy Hong. Rose put the three in a pickup truck and left the area.

"Rose and the victims reportedly knew each other prior to this incident," the Sheriff's Office said.

Another resident of the home later returned and reported her three roommates missing. Several items had been taken from the home, and the woman's Ford F-350 was gone.

The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office said that Rose later dropped two of the victims off around the town of Orleans, near the Siskiyou County line, after removing a camper shell from the truck. Officers were later able to contact those two and ensure their safety, but Rose drove away with Hong.

On Wednesday afternoon, deputies in Jackson County learned that both Rose and Hong were at a home on Yank Gulch Road near Talent.

"The suspect told the resident of the house that he wanted to turn himself in. The resident called law enforcement," JCSO said.

Deputies responded to the property and were able to take Rose into custody without incident. Hong was found safe and unharmed.

Rose has been booked into the Jackson County Jail on a no-bail warrant from California for a parole violation.

"The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office for their coordination and swift response to apprehend Rose and bring Hong to safety," the California agency said.

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