OSP Trooper's Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of Robbery, Kidnap Victim in Prineville

By Observer Upload April 25, 2013 10:03 am

OSP news release

An Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper’s traffic stop Wednesday night in Redmond led to the arrest of a suspect who had earlier bound and threatened a man inside his Prineville-area home before stealing property, firearms, and the vehicle.

According to Crook County Sheriff’s Office, on April 24, 2013 at approximately 9:40 p.m., OSP Trooper Josh Nagle stopped a 2008 Jeep Wranger on Highway 126E near the intersection with Highway 97 for driving without headlights on. While in contact with the driver, Trooper Nagle became suspicious after determining the vehicle was “borrowed” and seeing numerous firearms and other items inside the vehicle. Trooper Nagle detained and handcuffed the driver, identified as Skyler Suchodolski, age 20, from Prineville, after finding a handgun under the front seat.

Trooper Nagle contacted Crook County dispatch and asked an officer contact the vehicle’s registered owner for a welfare check. Prineville Police Officer Jordan Zamora and Crook County Deputy Jeremy Neely went to the residence and knocked on the door. After getting no response, they continued checking and saw through a kitchen window a man tied to a kitchen chair. The officers entered the home and untied the man who was identified as the vehicle’s owner, Leo Novak, age 73.

The officers noticed Novak’s hands were swollen and bleeding from the ligatures. Crook County Fire & Rescue responded and transported Novak to Pioneer Memorial Hospital for treatment. The attending ER physician told officers if Novak hadn’t been discovered then his hands most likely would have to be amputated if the ligatures were left on much longer.

Additional details are in the attached Crook County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Subsequent to follow up investigation, Suchodolski was transported back to the Crook County Jail and lodged on the following charges:

* Robbery in the First Degree

* Kidnap in the First Degree

* Burglary in the First Degree

* Theft in the First Degree (4 counts)

* Unuathorized Use of a Motor Vehicle

* Coercion

* Assault in the Second Degree

* Menacing