Police:Man tried to pay off drug debt by victimizing his grandma - KPTV - FOX 12

Police: Man tried to pay off drug debt by victimizing his grandmother

Posted: Updated:
Bryce Altenhofen Bryce Altenhofen

A West Linn man is behind bars, accused of trying to force his grandmother to withdraw money so he could pay off his drug dealer.

Police arrested Bryce Altenhofen, 24, Thursday afternoon on charges of kidnapping, possession of a controlled substance heroin, forgery, criminal possession of a forged instrument and interfering with making a report.

Officers were called to the U.S. Bank inside the Albertson's store at 1855 Blankenship Rd. after a bank employee reported that the suspect was acting in a threatening manner toward Carole Franz, 76, police said.

During the investigation, detectives learned that Altenhofen had forced his grandmother to ride with him while he drove to various banks in an attempt to force her to withdraw money so he could pay off his drug dealer, police said.

He refused to let her out of his car and took her cell phone away so she could not call for help, officers told FOX 12.

When he was taken into custody, he was in possession of heroin and a check stolen from his grandmother, police said.

Franz was physically unharmed.

"This serves as a staunch reminder that everyone in the community has a role in looking out for each other. These bank employees made the right call at the right time. We were able to help Ms. Franz gain some sense of safety from the despicable actions of her grandson" said West Linn police Chief Terry Timeus. 

Altenhofen is being held at the Clackamas County Jail on $297,500 bail.

Copyright 2013 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved.


Powered by Frankly
FOX 12
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2018, KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation, Portland, OR . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.