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OREGON WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON KIDNAP ATTEMPT

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March 10, 2005

KAYSE DAY, 20, of Beaverton, Oregon pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to Conspiracy to Commit Kidnaping in the August 2004 attempted kidnaping of a Vancouver, Washington child. The crime is punishable by a maximum sentence of life. DAY is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Franklin D. Burgess on June 10, 2005.

According to court documents, DAY and CHRISTOPHER MATTHEWS (32) of Aloha, Oregon hatched a plan to kidnap the minor child of a former co-worker of DAY at a Portland financial services firm. The pair secretly took the co-worker's house key and had a duplicate made. They rented a hotel room in Portland and bought cereal and orange juice to feed the child while they held the child hostage. On the night of August 17, 2004 the two dressed in black, wore masks and latex gloves and took duct tape to restrain the child. They drafted a ransom note demanding $250,000. In the early morning hours of August 18th, DAY and MATTHEWS left their van running while they secretly entered the victim's Vancouver, Washington home. Fortunately, an alert neighbor who works the night shift saw the two skulking near the victim's home and called police. DAY and MATTHEWS were arrested after police found them inside the home.

Trial for MATTHEWS is set for April 11, 2005. Both defendants remain in custody at the Federal Detention Center at SeaTac.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Clark County Sheriff's Department.

Assistant United States Attorneys Michael Dion and Tessa Gorman are prosecuting the case. For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington at (206) 553-4110.

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