By News-Register staff • 

Salem woman alleges kidnapping, robbery; Mac police have doubt

[Updated 3 p.m. 1/19/15]  A woman told law enforcement officers in Marion and Yamhill counties that she had been kidnapped from a rural Salem residence at gunpoint early Monday, then driven to a McMinnville convenience market and robbed of cash and a cellphone.

However, shortly after police released the names and photos of the two, about noon on Monday, they appeared at the police station to deny the woman's account. And officers said it was not supported by either store video or an account provided by the proprietor either.  

Capt. Dennis Marks said officers responded to the Center Market, located just north of downtown at 509 N.E. Baker St., about 2:45 a.m. There, they encountered a Salem woman who told them an ex-boyfriend and a female companion of his had kidnapped and robbed her.

She identified two suspects to McMinnville police — David L. Farnsworth, 32 , whose most recent address was in rural Dayton, and Renee L. Barnard, 21, whose most recent address was in McMinnville. She described Farnsworth as an ex-boyfriend.

She told them the perpetrators forced her into a 2005 Audi, drove her to the market and made her get some cash from the clerk, Marks said, then fled north on Baker with the cash and her cellphone. That, he said, would subject them to Yamhill County charges of robbery, coercion and theft, in addition to charges that might be brought in Marion County.

However, detectives said they had begun to entertain serious doubts about the woman's story.

According to KOIN-TV, store clerk Singh Raj said the two women came into the store together and appeared to be chatting amiably. He said the alleged victim later returned and asked to use a phone to call police.



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