Hood River man charged with kidnap, rape

Michael Scott Linden

Michael Scott Linden

A Hood River man is facing eight different felony charges, including rape and kidnap.

Michael Scott Linden, 52, was charged with two counts of burglary, two counts of kidnapping, rape, sodomy, sexual abuse, assault fourth degree, strangulation and two counts of unlawful use of weapon— all of which are felonies. Linden was also charged with assault and menacing, which are misdemeanors.

Linden could face upwards of 40 years in prison for the most severe charges levied against him, which are subject to mandatory minimum sentences by Oregon Ballot Measure 11.

According to a case file obtained from the Circuit Court, Linden was accused of “unlawfully and knowingly” invading the victim's residence on Culbertson Drive in Parkdale and committing numerous crimes. Linden was allegedly armed with a gun and a knife.

Sgt. Ricardo Casteneda of the Hood River Sheriff’s Department arrested Linden Tuesday night at the Indian Creek Golf Course parking lot after stopping a vehicle there, said Hood River County Sheriff Matt English. Linden was booked in Northern Oregon Region Corrections Facility the following morning, his bail originally posted at $84,000.

Linden was arraigned at the Hood River County Courthouse Thursday. He appeared before Judge John Olson via video feed from Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility. While the judge read the charges stacked against him, Linden shook his head and cursed.

The Judge asked Linden if he had an attorney, or the means to hire one. After Linden replied that he was currently unemployed, the court appointed Brian Starns as Linden’s defense attorney.

Olson raised the bail to $100,000 and ordered that Linden have no contact with the alleged victim, even by phone.

Linden will appear again for a hearing at the Hood River County Courthouse Monday, April 20.

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