Oregon man arrested after woman mouths 'help me' inside store

SALEM, Ore. — A 25-year-old Salem man was arrested Saturday night after holding a woman and her child at knife point for two days.

According to investigators, Christopher Hahn-Collins broke into the home of a woman on Friday afternoon. When the woman arrived home, Hahn-Collins held she and her young child at knife point overnight.

On Saturday, the woman convinced the suspect to take her to Dick's Sporting Goods on Lancaster Drive NE in Salem. While at the store, she mouthed the words, "help me," to several customers and staff.

Several people made calls to 911 from the store. Police responded and arrested Hahn-Collins. Detectives say the suspect did not know the victim.

"We have to commend her because how brave is that? She did a great job of keeping this man calm and getting herself in a position where she could get help," said Marion County Sheriff's Office Lt. Chris Baldridge.

Employees inside the Dick's Sporting Goods store declined to comment on the rescue, saying only that they are glad the woman and her child are OK.

Collins is being held at the Marion County Jail from first- and second-degree kidnapping, menacing, first-degree burglary, unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a weapon and giving false information ot the police. He is also being held on a parole violation warrant for sex abuse.

If you have any information about Christopher Hahn-Collins or this incident, please call the Marion County SHeriff's Office at 503-540-8079. You can also submit tips via Facebook at facebook.com/MCSOInTheKnow.

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