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Man arrested for kidnapping after victim mouths ‘help me’ in store

MARION COUNTY, Ore. -A man is facing kidnapping charges after orchestrating a terrifying ordeal for a mother and her son.

Investigators say it all started when 25-year-old Christopher Hahn-Collins broke into a woman’s house and hid until she and her son arrived home.

“Friday afternoon, a woman comes home to her southeast Salem home, finds a man inside,” Lt. Chris Baldridge, with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, told KOIN. “Basically for the next 24 hours, he holds her and her child at knife point.”

At some point, officers say Hahn-Collins took the woman to a Dick’s Sporting Goods store in Salem.

Customers say they knew something wasn’t right, and called police when they noticed the woman was mouthing the words “help me.”

“All the patrons took her seriously and called 911 and we were able to arrive and detain Mr. Hahn-Collins and eventually take him into custody,” Baldridge said.

While experts say the woman did the right thing by remaining calm, investigators say this case is especially troubling since the pair were strangers before the kidnapping.

“For all intents and purposes, these two don’t know each other. He ends up in her home and keeps her captive for 24 hours,” Baldridge said.

Authorities say Hahn-Collins has a history of arrests for sexual abuse and assault. He is now facing kidnapping charges and is being held without bail.