Washougal And Vancouver Men Arrested For Kidnapping, Assault, And Robbery

MEDIA RELEASE
Monday, August 26th 2013
1400 hours

A week long investigation by Skamania County Sheriff’s Office Detectives and Deputies resulted in the arrest of two men from Washougal and Vancouver for Kidnapping, Assault, and Robbery.

Marcus Bedell, 25 of Washougal, WA and Charles Sample, 32 of Vancouver, WA were arrested last week for allegedly kidnapping at gunpoint Vancouver resident Robert Downey, 27, against his will and transporting him to the upper Washougal River area off North Fork Road on Thursday, 15 August. There, they stripped him of his clothing, tied him to a tree, physically assaulted and them robbed him. Downey was left there by Bedell and Sample. Overnight he was able to work himself free and make his way to North Fork Road where a passing motorist picked him up Friday morning, 16 August.

The investigation led officers to Bedell’s residence on Huckins-Buhman Road in rural Skamania County where he was arrested on 16 August. On 20 August, with the assistance of the Vancouver Police Department, officers arrested Sample at a government office building in Vancouver.

Both men are being held in the Skamania County Jail for suspicion of Assault in the First Degree, Kidnapping in the First Degree, and Robbery in the First Degree.

This investigation is ongoing and Detectives believe additional arrests may be forthcoming.

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Thank you for your assistance
Dave Cox
Undersheriff
Skamania County Sheriff’s Office
509-427-9490
Email: davec@co.skamania.wa.us