'Horrific acts': More charges for suspects in Klamath Falls kidnapping, torture, animal abuse

Klamath Falls Police announced more charges for Harland Wright and Elliot Parker, two men implicated in the alleged kidnapping of a man and the mutilation of his dog.

Posted: Nov 5, 2020 4:13 PM
Updated: Nov 5, 2020 4:28 PM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Klamath Falls Police Department on Thursday announced a new string of charges for two men accused of kidnapping a man and mutilating his dog last month.

32-year-old Harland Joseph Wright and 31-year-old Elliot Donald Parker were arrested on original charges for assault, robbery, kidnapping, and animal abuse on September 16. Police said that Wright and Parker were suspected of kidnapping a man on September 8, then killing and mutilating his dog.

Parker was arrested after he led allegedly led officers on a chase and barricaded himself inside of a home until the Klamath Falls SWAT Team broke in and took him into custody. Wright was already in custody on unrelated charges, KFPD said at the time.

Detectives have since found other alleged victims of the two men — charging Wright with additional charges for attempted murder, assault, robbery, kidnapping, and unlawful use of a weapon. Parker faces new charges for robbery, kidnapping, and assault.

"It is alleged Wright and Parker physically assaulted the victim for an extended period of time," KFPD said on Thursday. "The victim was then forced to strip naked and climb into a box. The male victim was transported in the box to an unknown location where he was tortured."

Wright and Parker allegedly held a gun to the victim's head, and forced him to remove "a digit" — police did not specify if it was a finger or toe. The victim reported that the torture lasted for roughly three hours.

"Detectives from the Klamath Falls Police Department continued to actively investigate further alleged horrific acts by Wright and Parker," the agency said.

Detectives still believe that there are other victims of Wright and Parker that are afraid to come forward. If anyone knows of any additional victims, or has information regarding this case please contact the Klamath Falls Police Department at 541-883-5336. Anonymous information can be left on the Klamath Falls Police Tip Line at 541-883-5334.

Both Wright and Parker have remained in jail since their September arrests.

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