SISTERS, OR -- A Crooked River Ranch woman and a California man are accused of kidnapping the woman’s roommates, in an ordeal that spanned two counties over two days. Deschutes County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 36-year-old Alisha Bryden and 37-year-old Jeremiah Degraw Friday, after the 23-year-old victims reported they’d been left at a Sisters gas station.
According to investigators, Bryden and Degraw accused the couple of stealing, Thursday night, and assaulted them for over an hour at their Crooked River Ranch home, in Jefferson County. The man and woman were allegedly threatened and ordered to contact friends and family for money. Later, they were reportedly bound and taken to a Sisters motel where they spent the night.
The victims were released Friday afternoon when Bryden and Degraw were unable to get any money. Bryden’s 9-year-old daughter was taken into protective custody following the arrest; investigators believe she witnessed the crimes.
DCSO is working with the Jefferson County Sheriff's and District Attorney's offices. They are also looking for additional witnesses to last week's events.
Bryden and Degraw are currently being held on more than a million dollars bail; they're due in court Monday afternoon.