February trial date set in Sweet Home kidnapping case

Audrey Caro

A two-day trial is scheduled to start Feb. 13, 2018 for two people accused of kidnapping a man in Sweet Home on Oct. 2.

Sabrina Marie Major, 34, of Sweet Home, is charged with second-degree kidnapping, conspiring to commit a Class B felony and hindering prosecution in connection with the incident.

She is being lodged at Linn County Jail on those charges as well as contempt of court and probation violation.

Corey Allen Dean, 43, of Albany, is charged with second-degree kidnapping and second-degree criminal conspiracy to commit a Class B felony in connection with the incident.

Dean is lodged at the Oregon State Penitentiary on a 2015 conviction for delivery of methamphetamine.

On Nov. 3, Linn County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Murphy approved the state’s motion to consolidate the two kidnapping cases.

An early resolution conference was held before Judge Thomas McHill on Nov. 29.

At approximately 9:03 a.m., Sweet Home Police officers responded to a call from Sweet Home Public Works Maintenance Yard employees, 1400 24th Ave., who said that a man showed up at the location saying that he had been kidnapped and beaten, according to a SHPD news release.

The man, later identified as Dustin Kyle Westling, 30, was sitting on a bench at the office with a head injury, when officers arrived. Medics responded to evaluate the injury.

According to police, the man told officers he had “friended” a female, later identified as Sabrina Major (Curtis), on Facebook that morning and she had offered him a place to stay as he was stranded in Sweet Home.

Major picked up the victim at the Safeway parking lot that morning in a gold pickup truck, according to the release.

They later picked up two other men, who got into the back seat of the truck.

The alleged victim told police he was picked up by three individuals, was prevented from exiting the vehicle, was punched in the head and then escaped through the passenger window.

The victim said he told his alleged assailants repeatedly to let him out of the truck because he feared for his life. He stated that, while lying on the ground, a male pointed a gun at him. Then the truck left the area.

A short time later, officers located a pickup truck matching the victim’s description parked at 2280 Long St.

Officers contacted the tenant, who verified the truck belonged to people staying in her home.

Major and Dean were arrested on unrelated outstanding warrants.

The Sweet Home Police Department executed a search warrant at 2280 Long St. where Dean and Major had been staying. During the search, officers seized a dealer scale, packaging material and drug paraphernalia.

Sweet Home Police Chief Jeff Lynn said that though Westling indicated there was a third person involved in the kidnapping, that person had not been identified as of Nov. 30.

The investigation continues and SHPD encourages anyone with any information related to this incident to contact Officer Chris Wingo or Detective Cyndi Pichardo at (541) 367-5181.

Westling was arrested in Lebanon on Sept. 30 for second-degree attempted theft. A caller had reported a man at Safeway with a fraudulent Coin Star check for $158.

The police report for that incident was sent to Lebanon’s city attorney and was not available at press time.

Officials said it could be four to six weeks before it is available.

On Oct. 4, Westling was arrested at the Washington County Probation Department for parole violation, after being summoned for a meeting with his probation officer.

He was arrested because he had failed to meet certain provisions of his probation, according to Brooke Vice, supervisor of the Sex Crimes Team in Washington County. Westling was lodged at the Washington County Jail.

He was booked in Marion County Jail on Nov. 15 for parole violation.

The police report for that incident was sent to Lebanon’s city attorney and was not available at press time. Officials said it could be another few weeks before it is available.