MILWAUKIE, Ore. – The man shot by police near Wilson High School Wednesday was a federal fugitive wanted in the violent kidnapping of a Milwaukie, Ore. woman, as well as several bank robberies, police said.
The gunshots rang out around 4 p.m. Wednesday while police were looking for a suspicious man in a van, who students said had tried to follow them home. An officer spotted the suspect walking down Southwest Cheltenham Street and commanded him to stop. Police said the man stopped and a shootout began. One officer was wounded and the suspect was shot in the chest and heart and killed.
Police Thursday identified the suspect who was killed as 49-year-old Kelly Swoboda.
Police and U.S. marshals had been searching for Swoboda for many months. He was the suspect in the violent abduction of a woman on Jan. 27 from her workplace at Palm Beach Tan in Milwaukie. The victim said he grabbed her, pushed her into his minivan and assaulted her. He then took off with her in the van, police said, but the woman escaped by jumping from the moving vehicle. She survived with serious injuries.
Background: Woman escapes violent Milwaukie kidnapping
During the manhunt, police circulated a photo of a 1990s Dodge or Plymouth Caravan they said Swoboda may have been driving. Crime Stoppers also offered a cash reward of up to $1,000 and U.S. Marshals joined the search due to Swoboda's criminal background.
About a month later, a man matching Swoboda's description robbed a bank in Eugene, police said. Surveillance videos (see photo at right) from the bank showed a man with a gray beard and glasses just like Swoboda's passing a note to the teller. He got cash and then fled in a dark green Chrysler minivan that may have had a broken rear window.
In addition, documents obtained by KGW show Swoboda was wanted for bank robberies at two different credit unions in Milwaukie in November and December of last year. He was also the suspect in a Dec. 2013 bank robbery at a Portland credit union.
Swoboda already had an extensive 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.