Milwaukie kidnap suspect is federal fugitive

Milwaukie kidnap suspect is federal fugitive

Milwaukie kidnap suspect is federal fugitive

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on January 29, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 31 at 5:32 PM

MILWAUKIE, Ore. -- The man suspected of assaulting and kidnapping a woman Monday in Milwaukie is a federal fugitive, U.S. Marshals said Wednesday.

Investigators believe 49-year-old Kelly Vern Swoboda attacked a woman inside her workplace Monday night, shoved her into his van and assaulted her. She managed to escape by jumping out of the moving van.

Police said Swoboda (pictured above in Nov. mug shot) should be considered armed and dangerous and anyone who spots him should call 911 immediately. 

Background: Milwaukie kidnap victim escapes, suspect still loose

U.S. Marshals joined the manhunt for Swoboda due to his criminal background. He was convicted of armed bank robberies in 1994 and 2006.  Before that, his criminal record included driving while suspended in 1994 and driving without insurance in 1992. He was also charged with DUII in 2006.

Marshals told KGW Wednesday that Swodoba has an outstanding federal warrant for a parole violation, and they were looking for him "for a while" before the kidnapping.

A relative of Swodoba's called on him to turn himself in, and she said she can't believe what he's accused of doing.

"I was just at a loss for words," she told KGW Wednesday. "This girl is close to my age, and just seeing him a few months ago...It’s just so scary.”

Investigators said a fingerprint found at the scene of the kidnapping led them to Swoboda as their prime suspect.  He is described as a 50-year-old man with a full head of gray hair and possibly a goatee or beard. He was wearing wire-rimmed glasses, dark pants and a navy blue hooded jacket, police said.

He has no known address.

Anyone with information that may help investigators in the kidnapping case was urged to call the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential tip line at 503-723-4949, or submit a tip here.

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KGW reporter Mark Hanrahan contributed to this report.

 

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