Man charged with attempting to kill hitchhiker on Oregon coast

GOLD BEACH, Ore. – Oregon State Police arrested a man for the attempted murder of a hitchhiker after he allegedly held a knife to the man’s throat and robbed him while giving him a ride on Saturday.

Samuel Nils Strom of Lynwood, Wash., was charged with attempted criminal homicide, first-degree robbery and menacing.

The victim, 28-year-old Daniel Guau of Quebec City, said Strom picked him up as he hitchhiked down Oregon coast. Guau said when they got near milepost 345, Strom pulled a knife, put it to his throat and threatened to kill him.

Guau said Strom slashed at him with the knife, then forced him out of the car and left him on the side of the road, taking off with Guau’s passport and other property.

Around 6 p.m., troopers found Strom’s car parked outside a home west of Highway 101 between Brookings and the California border. They found Guau’s things inside.