Woman escapes violent Milwaukie kidnapping

Woman escapes violent Milwaukie kidnapping

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by Teresa Blackman and Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on January 29, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 13 at 11:24 AM

MILWAUKIE, Ore. -- The suspect in the violent kidnapping of a woman in Milwaukie Monday has been identified by police as 49-year-old Kelly Vern Swoboda.

Investigators believe Swoboda targeted a woman in her 20s who was working alone at a business located in a strip mall on Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard. 

"The suspect walked into the business, physically assaulted her, and forced her outside and into what is described as a purple-colored minivan," said Lt. Robert Wurpes of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

The woman was assaulted again inside the van and eventually jumped out while it was still moving.  She was seriously injured when neighbors found her in the roadway and called police. She was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

"She fought back. And that's admirable," Wurpes said. "It worked in this case, you know, never give up.”

Police said a fingerprint at the scene led them to Swoboda (pictured above in Nov. mug shot) as their prime suspect. At the time of the kidnapping he had a full head of gray hair, possibly a goatee or beard, and was wearing wire-rimmed glasses, dark pants and a navy blue hooded jacket, Wurpes said.

U.S. Marshals said Wednesday Swoboda is a federal fugitive who should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who spots him should call 911 immediately.

More: Milwaukie kidnap suspect is federal fugitive

His criminal rap sheet includes two armed bank robberies, felon in possession of a weapon, driving under the influence and driving without a license. 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.

Employees at mall feeling scared, await arrest

Other workers in the strip mall where it happened, near Southeast Roethe Road, were shaken by the event and said they do not feel safe.

"It's really scary. I mean, my brother brought me mace today," said an employee at a nearby shop. "It really makes me think of going and getting my gun handlers permit. It’s just scary that it’s so close to home.”

"Stranger-on-stranger abductions are extremely rare, and detectives are taking this case very seriously," Wurpes said. "It is an open and ongoing investigation."

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KGW reporters Mark Hanrahan and Mike Benner contributed to this report.

 

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