Robbery part of plot to kidnap Columbia chairwoman

The investigation of the robbery of Columbia Sportswear Chairwoman Gert Boyle has revealed she was the target of a kidnapping plot.

The Oregonian reports that one of the three men arrested in the Nov. 10 robbery told police he planned to kidnap her in exchange for $20,000 ransom.

Boyle was confronted by a man with a handgun outside her West Linn home but was able to trigger a silent alarm. The man fled when police arrived.

Three Honduran immigrants, all from the Beaverton area, are being held on charges including burglary, robbery, coercion, assault and kidnapping.

Boyle appeared Monday before a Clackamas County grand jury to testify about the robbery. Her son, Columbia CEO Tim Boyle, called his mother a "tough lady" and said she is already back at work.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com