U.S. Marshals join search for suspect in Milwaukie abduction
MILWAUKIE, Ore. -- U.S. Marshals have joined in the manhunt for the man police say assaulted and kidnapped a woman in Milwaukie on Monday night (Jan. 27).
The victim escaped by jumping from the suspect's moving van. She is safe in an area hospital, according to Clackamas County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Robert Wurpes.
Police are looking for 49-year-old Kelly Vern Swoboda. Police say they don't know where he lives.
Authorities are still collecting tips on Swoboda's whereabouts.
According to police, Swoboda is considered to be armed and dangerous.
Police say if you see Swoboda or know where he is, do not try to contact him; instead, call 911.
Surveillance pictures of Swoboda can be found at the end of this story.
Deputies responded to a reported crash between a vehicle and a pedestrian on Oatfield Road at 9:30 p.m. Monday. When they arrived, deputies found a woman in her 20s who was seriously injured, Wurpes said.
The woman told deputies she'd been kidnapped and escaped from the suspect's van.
The woman said she was working alone at a business on Highway 99 when the suspect, a man she didn't know, walked in and began assaulting her. The man forced her outside and into his minivan, Wurpes said.
"At some point while the suspect was driving, the victim managed to escape the moving vehicle. She sustained additional injuries during the escape," Wurpes said in a news release.
Police say the kidnapping happened at Palm Beach Tan in the 17000 block of Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard. Wurpes said crime scene investigators identified Swoboda from a fingerprint found at the crime scene.
The suspect, who police say is Swoboda, was described as having gray hair and a goatee or beard. He was wearing wire-rimmed glasses, dark pants and a navy blue hooded jacket.
He was driving a purple minivan, Wurpes said.
"Stranger-on-stranger abductions are extremely rare, and detectives are taking this case very seriously," Wurpes said.
Police are not sure where Swoboda is hiding because he does not have a known address.
Heidi Bergio says he once lived next door to her and was a loner.
"He would just sit there and would not associate with anyone," Bergio said.
Bergio hopes Swoboda turns himself in to authorities.
"He just needs to do the right thing and turn himself in and get the help he needs," Bergio said.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential tip line at 503-723-4949, or by leaving a tip online.