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Malheur County kidnap, chase end in crash with 2 dead

Workers secure the wrecked car for towing at the scene of the crash that killed two people Monday.

By John L. Braese

The Enterprise

ONTARIO – A 49-year-old Idaho man is being held while an investigation continues into a kidnapping and subsequent two-vehicle crash that left two people dead.

The incident started as an assault and kidnapping Monday morning, authorities said at a news conference. At 6:51 a.m., a 911 caller reported seeing a woman being stabbed in the parking lot of the J&J Convenience Store, 330 E. Idaho Ave. in Ontario.

Responding, Ontario police saw a black 2014 Dodge Ram pickup leaving the scene with two people inside. Police followed the pickup through Ontario to Highway 201.

While pursuing the pickup, police saw . . .