A Scappoose man was arrested last week on suspicion of kidnapping, hitting and turning a gun on a woman he met through an online dating platform, according to deputies and court records.
Troy James Queen, 48, was jailed Wednesday in Columbia County. He’s accused of firing a gun, putting the gun to Trinna Overlund’s head and telling her she’d never see her family again, according to court records.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said Overlund, a Clatskanie resident, told the agency she met Queen online and had seen him several times over approximately a month. She said they went to Garibaldi together in early January, and she asked him to take her home the next day, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Columbia County Circuit Court.
She told a deputy that Queen began hitting her during the drive and that at one point, Queen pulled over and fired a shot. He came back to the car and put the gun to her head “and continued to tell her she would never see her family again,” the affidavit states.
He then held the gun to his head, Overlund reported, and she called 911. She said that when the dispatcher answered the call, Queen appeared to have noticed she’d called 911 and grabbed her phone and threw it out the window.
Queen let her get out of the car and make a purchase alone at a convenience store, she said, but she was too afraid to report what had happened. She said Queen hit her several more times during the drive.
The deputy spoke with Queen, and he denied intentionally hitting Overlund but said he accidentally elbowed her. He said he shot the gun out his window while driving and that he threw Overlund’s phone out the window. He said that although that would frighten a reasonable person, he denied it frightened Overlund.
Court records show he’s accused of kidnapping, unlawful use of a weapon, coercion, assault, menacing and interference with making a report.
Investigators found a gun, cellphone and methamphetamine in his car, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.
His next court hearing is scheduled for Thursday.