Hazel Dell man clubbed after answering prostitute's ad

Woman, boyfriend suspected in plot to rob man

By Laura McVicker, Columbian staff writer

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Updated: August 16, 2012, 8:22 PM

 

A Hazel Dell man was allegedly clubbed and robbed by the boyfriend of a supposed prostitute when he met the prostitute for sex on Tuesday night.

Investigators allege the prostitute and her boyfriend had planned the robbery together.

The suspects, Jacob E. Diepenbrock, 40, of Aloha, Ore., and Danielle L. Azevedo, 24, of Salmon Creek made their first appearance Thursday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder and first-degree robbery. Diepenbrock is also suspected of first-degree burglary.

Judge Robert Lewis set bail for Azevedo at $250,000 and $500,000 for Diepenbrock, the amounts requested by the prosecution.

According to court documents, the alleged victim, Greg Kappler, 52, said he began corresponding with a woman who went by “Karizma” about two months ago after seeing her post on Craigslist. After one failed attempt at meeting, “Karizma” contacted Kappler and said she wanted to meet Tuesday night at his house.

When Azevedo arrived, the two went into Kappler’s bedroom. Azevedo then said she had to retrieve something in her car and left the room, sheriff’s deputies said.

That’s when her boyfriend entered, allegedly clubbing Kappler repeatedly, according to court documents.

“The man hit Greg numerous times with the club, causing significant injuries to his head and hands,” according to a probable cause affidavit signed by Clark County sheriff’s Detective Todd Barsness.

Investigators said Azevedo had returned during the alleged beating. But when Kappler was able to retrieve a handgun, the two fled.

Kappler was hospitalized at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center with serious injuries, including a concussion, according to court documents.

Azevedo allegedly gave an interview after her arrest. According to the affadavit, “Jacob drove to an address in Hazel Dell and told her to open the door to the house; when she did this, Jacob would come into the house, take the money and they would leave.”

Azevedo told investigators her boyfriend hit Kappler in the head with a metal object like a pipe until she yelled “gun,” so he would stop hitting him, according to the affidavit.

The two were arrested Wednesday evening.

They will be arraigned Aug. 23.