ONTARIO — Although a 25-year-old man from Payette who was assaulted on Monday was not cooperating with police, they were still able to track down suspects and vehicles related to the incident.

According to an email Wednesday morning from Malheur County Undersheriff Travis Johnson, deputies received a report at about 2:26 p.m. Monday about a man “stating he needed help as he had been stabbed.”

Upon investigation it was discovered that the victim, Dakota Jones, “had been kidnapped, beaten and also suffered a cut on his hand, but had not been stabbed.” He was, however, taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released for non-life threatening injuries according to the email.

“The assault appears to be related to drugs and theft,” wrote Johnson.

Deputies as well as Ontario Police officers and Oregon State Police troopers found the victim in the area of S.E. 13 St., Ontario. Despite Jones not being “a cooperative victim” Sheriff’s personnel were able to track down the three suspects in the crime,” wrote the undersheriff.

In addition Payette County Sheriff’s Office and Fruitland Police Department aided in locating the suspects and vehicles.

“Two vehicles were seized and are planned to be searched for evidence after search warrants are obtained,” Johnson wrote.

The suspects are identified as Carrie Buck, 44, Raymond Hoene, 46, and Lavon W. Kimball, 55, all of Fruitland.

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