A 56-year-old man is facing a kidnapping charge in Benton County for allegedly holding onto a developmentally disabled man and forcing him to walk around Corvallis for hours, according to a police report.

Corvallis police arrested Kevan Michael Rower on Wednesday after a woman called authorities to report she had been approached by two men acting erratically on the sidewalk near Martin Luther King Jr. Park in northwest Corvallis, Lt. Ryan Eaton said.

Eaton said the alleged victim is a client of Benco, a local nonprofit organization that serves adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Rower, who has a listed address in Lincoln County, was not armed during the event and no one was injured in the incident, Eaton said.

Prosecutors have charged Rower with second-degree kidnapping, a Measure 11 offense carrying a minimum penalty of nearly six years in prison upon conviction, according to Circuit Court records. Rower also faces a misdemeanor charge of interfering with a peace officer, records show.

Rower was being held Thursday in the Benton County Jail on $110,000 bond. As of Thursday, Rower did not have an attorney, according to court records.

Police contacted the two men at Northwest Walnut Boulevard and Northwest Elmwood Drive about 1:38 p.m. Wednesday, the police report states. Rower would not allow police to speak with the alleged victim and was aggressively holding onto him and leading him from officers, according to the report.

Police had to physically fight with Rower to get him to let go of the alleged victim, the report states. Eaton said officers did not draw their weapons.

The alleged victim told police he was alone when he came into contact with Rower on Circle Boulevard about 11:20 a.m., Eaton said. The men did not previously know one another, he said. 

Lillian Schrock covers public safety for the Gazette-Times. She may be reached at 541-758-9548 or lillian.schrock@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter at @LillieSchrock. 


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