Man Charged with Allegedly Kidnapping His Grandmother at Knifepoint Surrenders After 12-Hour Ordeal

Man Charged with Allegedly Kidnapping Grandmother at Knifepoint
Marion Co. Sheriff’s Office

03/14/2016 AT 02:25 PM EDT

An Oregon man allegedly held his grandmother at knifepoint and forced her to drive him around while he smoked methamphetamine for hours on Saturday night, police say.

It all started when Robert White's grandmother picked him up from a hotel, where she had been paying for a room for him, according to a statement from the Marion County Sheriff's Office obtained by PEOPLE. The grandmother, who was not named by police, had told her grandson, 22, that she could no longer pay for the room.

It would end up being a long and scary night for the grandmother, according to police.

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"Mr. White entered the back seat of his grandmother's car, placed a knife to his throat and told her to drive," the sheriff's statement says. "Driving through the night while her grandson smoked methamphetamine and rambled about the police following him for the past nine months, relief finally came when Mr. White called 911 at about 8 a.m., this morning."

Police were able to locate the car in Salem, where they took White into custody without incident and transported him to the Marion County Jail.

"Although tired, Mr. White's grandmother was not harmed during the near 12 hour ordeal," the police statement says.

White has been charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine, kidnapping, menacing, criminal mischief and violation of a protective order. He is "suspected of using methamphetamine heavily and his family has been struggling to help him," police say.

White has a court date scheduled for 3 p.m., where he will find out who his court appointed counsel is and have an opportunity to enter a plea.
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