Springfield man arrested after allegedly kidnapping nieces

Officers responded to reports of a bleeding and distraught woman at the 7-11 at 5808 Main Street.

Posted: Feb 5, 2021 7:38 AM
Updated: Feb 5, 2021 7:53 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A Springfield man was arrested for allegedly kidnapping his sister's three daughters Thursday night. 

Officers responded to reports of a bleeding and distraught woman at the 7-11 at 5808 Main Street on Feb. 4, around 7:40 p.m. The woman said her three daughters, ages 8, 6 and 4, had been kidnapped by her brother, 28-year-old Michael Patrick Hill who was experiencing a mental health episode. 

Michael Patrick Hill

Earlier that night, the children's mother went to her father's house at 8557 Thurston Road, where Hill was staying after recently being released from the Oregon State Mental Hospital. The three children remained in the car while their mother tried to resolve a family dispute between her father and Hill.

During the dispute, Hill made a statement that he was going to hell. He then ran out of the house and into the vehicle with the three children in it. Their mother tried to stop Hill from leaving but he drove away, dragging the mother with the vehicle. She fell and sustained minor injuries as her brother drove off with her daughters. 

The car was located near Highway 126 and Highway 36 in Mapleton. Officials say it appeared Hill was attempting to drive to the Florence area when he pulled over the take a nap. He was taken into custody and the three children were returned to their mother unharmed. 

Hill faces three kidnapping charges, four counts of reckless endangering, second-degree assault, unauthorized use of a vehicle and possession of a stolen vehicle. 

Hill is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday at 1:30 p.m. 

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