- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) - A woman who escaped after a week of rapes and beatings banged on the door of a nearby apartment, where the owner of an Albany security company was getting ready for a meeting, sidearm strapped to his hip.

Soon, the man who was eventually charged with assaulting her showed up, the security guard, Frederick J. Edwards, told the Albany Democrat-Herald (http://bit.ly/1ERLRdm).

“I don’t know if this guy’s coming with a weapon or anything,” Edwards “He looked at me. I didn’t know what he was going to do, so I held on to my sidearm without taking it out of the holster, and I told her, ‘Don’t worry.’”

The suspect is 37-year-old Craig Lazon, who has been accused of attempted aggravated murder and several other charges, including rape.

Edwards said Lazon stared back briefly and then peeled out in an SUV.

Police arrested Lazon later, 40 miles south in Springfield at a motel. He’s due back in court later this month. His court-appointed lawyer hasn’t returned a call seeking comment.

Court documents said the victim told police that Lazon had put her in the SUV and threatened to take her to be drowned in the Calapooia River. She said she escaped when he went back into his residence for his phone.

Edwards said his uniform and SUV are well known around the apartment complex, and he thinks that’s why the woman came to his door Monday afternoon.

She said Lazon was binging on methamphetamine, Edwards said.

Police said Lazon had previously assaulted the woman.

His record includes convictions in Linn County for assault in 2012 and methamphetamine possession in 2013 and in Lane County for assault, methamphetamine possession and tampering with a witness.

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Information from: Albany Democrat-Herald, http://www.dhonline.com

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