A police report has stated that a woman and three men have been arrested after allegedly luring a man to Minto-Brown Island Park, then attempting to rob him at gunpoint, a robbery he evaded in part by threatening them with a machete and banging into their car with his vehicle.
The victim, a 22-year-old man, told police he met Cassandra Rapp, 19, in the 2200 block of Minto Island Road SW on June 18 under the pretense of a drug deal.
According to a probable cause statement from police, after he arrived at the park, the victim said, he was talking to Rapp from his car when three men, Christian Cook, 19, Kaden Philabaum, 18, and Nicholas Swindle, 21, surrounded the vehicle, yelling at him to hand over his possessions. Philabaum allegedly pointed a gun at him.
The victim said he had a sheathed machete in the seat next to him that he grabbed and swung out the window as he drove away. He reported hearing at least one gunshot as he left with Philabaum still holding the gun.
Rapp, Swindle, Cook, and Philabaum allegedly went after the victim in their own vehicle, continuing to make threats against him while stopped at several intersections and parking lots throughout South Salem.
The victim said he wasn’t able to drive very fast because of a flat tire.
Salem Police officers later located the four near Sunnyside Road Southeast and Idylwood Drive Southeast but did not find a handgun.
Rapp told officers she was planning to confront the victim and had no aim of buying drugs or robbing him.
She said the victim attempted to punch her from the driver’s seat while they were “smoking a bowl,” making Philabaum hit on the victim’s window with the gun in hand.
Rapp allegedly confessed the group followed the victim, who apparently rammed his car into their vehicle several times while they were stopped.
Officers said they discovered a .40 caliber bullet casing at the scene, a broken handle from the victim’s car and a machete sheath. The victim was known to the suspects.
Rapp, Cook, Philabaum, and Swindle have each been charged with unlawful use of a weapon, first and second-degree robbery. The four are each being held on a $100,000 bond in the Marion County Jail awaiting further court proceedings.
Rapp and Swindle are scheduled to appear at 8:30 a.m. on Friday for arraignment, Philabaum at 8:30 a.m. July 5, and Cook at 8:30 a.m. July 6.