An Albany couple were accused of kidnapping and assaulting a woman — reportedly over missing marijuana they believed she had stolen — in Linn County Circuit Court on Monday afternoon.
Natasha Leann Loftis, 26, and Daniel Paul Quinlan, 25, were each charged with first-degree kidnapping, second-degree kidnapping, second-degree robbery, third-degree assault and coercion.
Neither Loftis nor Quinlan, both appearing via teleconference from the Linn County Jail, said much during the brief court hearing.
Judge DeeAnn Novotny set security at $75,000 in each case.
The kidnapping and robbery charges are all Measure 11 crimes with mandatory sentences of several years in prison.
The crimes allegedly took place on Jan. 19 and the incident started in the 1400 block of Shortridge Street SE.
According to the probable cause affidavit in the case, the victim lived with Quinlan and Loftis.
After a confrontation, the couple took the woman’s shoes, tied her hands behind her back with the shoelaces, blindfolded her, and then put her in an SUV, the woman told police.
She added that during a car ride she could hear the couple talking about killing her or dropping her off in the middle of nowhere, and Loftis said she would slit the woman’s throat if she moved, the woman told authorities, according to the PC affidavit.
The couple untied her, took off her blindfold, and pushed her into blackberry bushes near Jefferson, the woman said.
She apparently walked to a house about a half-mile away on Parrish Gap Road, appearing in muddy socks. The resident there told police that the woman pleaded with her not to call police “because the suspects had threatened to harm her family if she reported it,” the PC affidavit states.
The alleged victim reported the incident to Albany police the next morning.