Police looking for man suspected in attack

He allegedly beat up estranged wife at hotel

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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photoAaron Bryce Griffin

Police are asking the public for help in finding a Portland man who is suspected of attacking his estranged wife at a hotel in mid-December.

On Dec. 17, deputies with the Washington County Sheriff's Office were called to a disturbance at the Shilo Inn on Southwest Canyon Road in Portland.

Aaron Bryce Griffin, 34, came to the hotel looking for his estranged wife, 31, and her male companion, according to a sheriff's office news release. The release said he used a crowbar tool to try and get into the hotel room through the hallway door. Unable to open that door, the suspect went to an outside door, where he also couldn't break through. After smashing out a window with the crowbar, he entered the hotel room.

Griffin attacked his estranged wife and her companion with the heavy steel crowbar, the release said. The companion escaped, but Griffin dragged his wife by the neck out of her hotel room, authorities said. A bystander who heard the commotion and saw a suspect dragging the woman along the pavement outside, said Griffin tried to force her into his car, the release said.

The release said while Griffin struggled with his wife, they fell to the ground. The bystander grabbed the suspect and held him down while the woman ran back to the hotel. He then let the suspect back up. The suspect then got into a green 2003 Dodge Durango and drove away.

The woman suffered deep scrapes and cuts to her knees and elbows, along with bruises all over her body.

Griffin is suspected of stealing the Dodge Durango he was driving from the car dealership where he works, authorities said. The Oregon license plate number is DA4029BS. Deputies have not been able to find Griffin, who has not returned to work and has reportedly not contacted his family, the press release said. He's wanted on suspicion of several felony crimes, including burglary, assault and kidnapping.

Anyone with information on Griffin's whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff's office at 503-629-0111 or 911 if you know his immediate location. Callers can remain anonymous.