A snowstorm completely derailed one Oregon criminal’s plans, but it may have saved the life of a young child. The suspect’s vehicle got stuck in a large pile of snow, and he was forced to reach out to the police department for help. This all happened while he was in the middle of committing a horrific crime against a minor child.
Christopher Thomas Knox, a 37-year-old resident of Hillsboro, reportedly communicated with the 13-year-old child online. Police believe he lured the youngster from her Seattle family home before kidnapping and assaulting her.
Authorities believe Knox drove to Seattle, convinced the 13-year-old to come with him and then began his long journey home. Police have reason to believe the child was sexually assaulted at least twice on the drive back to Oregon. The two were driving in a 2018 Dodge Journey that was equipped with Californian license plates.
His devious plot began unwinding when the vehicle got trapped in deep snow near Clatsop State Forest. He was forced to reach out to local police for help. When authorities arrived, Knox initially tried to tell the cops that the youngster was his own daughter.
It didn’t take long for police to uncover what was really going on. The child was rushed to a nearby hospital for a medical evaluation before being reunited with her family members. Knox, on the other hand, remains in police custody. He is currently facing charges including online sexual corruption of a minor, attempted rape, violation of a release agreement and custodial interference.