Authorities say Oregon man suspected of torturing woman is using dating apps to lure victims

Suspect at large; manhunt ensues.

Updated: January 28, 2023 - 1:17pm

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Officials in Oregon are urging the public to be vigilant as a manhunt ensues for a suspected criminal alleged to be using dating apps to lure his victims.

The Grants Pass Police Department said in a release that Benjamin Obadiah Foster is wanted for attempted murder, and that the accused evaded a police force this week sent to his home to bring him in. 

Foster “is actively using online dating applications to contact unsuspecting individuals who may be lured into assisting with the suspect’s escape or potentially as additional victims,” the police said. 

Officials urged residents to “be extra safe while this predator is still at large,” while also noting that anyone aiding him “will face potential prosecution.”

Foster, described as “approximately 180 pounds, with Brown hair, possibly worn in a bun, and blue eyes,” is believed to be armed with a gun and is considered “extremely dangerous.”

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