NORTH BEND, Ore. (AP) – A wanted man in the murder of his father and two others in a small town in Oregon forced a woman to drive him over 2,000 miles (3,219 kilometers) to in Wisconsin, where he surrendered to police, authorities said Sunday.
Oen Evan Nicholson approached Laura Johnson, 34, after she returned to her parking spot during her lunch break Friday in Springfield, Oregon, and forced her to drive him in his car, the report said. police. Authorities were told Sunday morning that Nicholson peacefully surrendered to police in Milwaukee, but did not release details of how he surrendered.
Johnson was uninjured and was returning to Oregon, Springfield police said in a statement.
“He approached her in his vehicle with a gun,” Johnson’s father, Dennis Johnson, Told KEZI-TV. “They said she was forced to drive 33 hours to where they were. She managed to convince him to surrender.
Nicholson is believed to have killed his father, Charles Simms Nicholson, whose body was found in a trailer on Friday at a Mill Casino RV campground in the coastal town of North Bend, about 110 miles (177 kilometers) southwest of Springfield.
While driving his father’s van, Nicholson is suspected of punching and killing Anthony Oyster, 74, at the campsite and seriously injuring his wife, Linda Oyster, 73, the County District Attorney said. Coos, R. Paul Frasier.
Soon after, Nicholson was also suspected of shooting and killing resident Jennifer L. Davidson, 47, at a marijuana dispensary in North Bend, Frasier said.
The pickup was found crashed and burnt on Friday about 30 miles (48 kilometers) west of Springfield. A witness reported that an armed man came out and ran into the woods, prompting an unsuccessful search, police said.
Nicholson has been charged with first degree murder in the deaths of his father, Oyster and Davidson, as well as attempted second degree murder, first degree assault and failing to assist an injured person in a car accident. traffic, said Frasier.
Nicholson will appear in Milwaukee court in the next few days before returning to Oregon to face the charges, Fraiser said. It was not clear if Nicholson had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.