Story at a glance

  • Oen Nicholson, 30, is facing three murder charges in Oregon where police allege he killed his father and two other people.
  • Nicholson then abducted a 34-year-old woman and forced her to drive him 2,000 miles to Milwaukee.
  • During the drive, the woman was able to persuade Nicholson to turn himself in.

A 34-year-old Oregon woman who was abducted by a man alleged to have killed three people convinced him to surrender during the 2,000-mile drive he forced her to bring him on to Milwaukee.

Oen Nicholson, 30, faces three murder charges in Oregon where police allege he killed his father, Charles Nicholson, on Friday at a recreational vehicle campground in North Bend.

After killing his father, Nicholson is accused of fatally hitting Anthony Oyster, 74, with his father’s pickup truck at the campground, also critically injuring Oyster’s wife, Linda, 73. Nicholson then went on to shoot and kill Jennifer Davidson at a North Bend marijuana dispensary, police say.


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It was at this time, police said, Nicholson abducted Laura Johnson at gunpoint, who was spending her lunch break in her car in a Springfield, Ore., parking lot.

“He approached her in her vehicle with a gun,” her father, Dennis Johnson, told KEZI-TV. “They said she was forced to drive 33 hours to where they’re at. She was able to talk him into turning himself in.”

Police said Laura wasn’t physically harmed in the abduction and was on her way back to Oregon on Sunday.

Nicholson is also being charged with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and failing to help a person injured in a traffic accident, according to Coos County District Attorney R. Paul Frasier.


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Published on Jun 21, 2021