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Kidnapping suspect claims he was saving woman from cartel, affidavit says

The probable cause affidavit sheds light on what may have happened in the Fred Meyer parking lot on Jan. 31.

Posted: Feb 7, 2020 1:22 PM
Updated: Feb 7, 2020 1:25 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – A man accused in a shooting and possible kidnapping in Eugene last month thought he was saving a woman from a cartel, according to court documents.

Daymien Tilton, 43, of Goshen was arrested at 7th Avenue and Taylor Street Thursday night after police received a tip and conducted a major operation involving a police chase.

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He faces charges of first-degree attempted assault, unlawful use of a weapon, felon in possession of a firearm, felony fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer in a vehicle, and felony unlawful possession of methamphetamine.

The probable cause affidavit says a man and woman arrived at the Fred Meyer parking lot on Division Avenue the morning of Jan. 31.

Police said the man told police he drove the woman to the area to exchange property with a man he didn’t know. Tilton allegedly arrived and argued with the woman before shooting into the car.

The affidavit says one of the bullets would have hit the man in the head if it hadn’t been stopped by a pillar in the car.

The man confirmed Tilton was the shooter using pictures on Facebook, according to the affidavit.

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Authorities contacted Tilton that day, and according to court documents, he said the woman was free and he hadn’t kidnapped her. 

Tilton reportedly said that he arrived that morning to meet with a cartel member and had brought a gun because he was scared for his and the woman’s safety. He saw the woman with a man he didn’t recognize and thought she had been captured by the cartel. He said he repeatedly told the man to leave, but he didn’t, so he shot three rounds into the car.

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The affidavit says the woman told authorities that Tilton has mental health issues and was using methamphetamine. She said Tilton told her the cartel was trying to abduct her for sex trafficking in Mexico. While she didn’t think Tilton would make it up, she said there was no evidence it was true.

Tilton has numerous felony convictions, including being a felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful delivery of meth.

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