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Woman escapes kidnapper in Milwaukie

Woman escapes kidnapper in Milwaukie

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office released the following information about a person of interest in the kidnapping:

The suspect in yesterday's assault and kidnapping has been identified as Kelly Vern Swobody, age 49. His current address is unknown. 

Swoboda is a person of interest in the kidnapping and assault of a female in the unincorporated area of Milwaukie on Monday, Jan. 27. He is considered armed and dangerous.

If you see him or know of his current whereabouts, do NOT attempt to contact him -- call 911.

If you have any other information on Kelly Swoboda, contact us using our Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/forms/tip.html

 

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating an aggressive kidnapping case that occurred in unincorporated Milwaukie on Monday. The suspect -- an adult male around age 50, with gray hair, wire-rimmed glasses and a goatee or beard, wearing a dark navy-blue hooded jacket and driving a purple-colored minivan -- is still at large. Police are requesting the public's help to identify him.

On Monday around 9:30 p.m. Clackamas County Sheriff Deputies responded to what was initially reported as an auto-versus-pedestrian crash on Oatfield Road. Further investigation revealed a female victim had actually been kidnapped before managing to escape from the suspect.

Upon arrival, deputies contacted a female in her mid-20s who was seriously injured. Once she was able to tell deputies what had happened to her, detectives additionally responded to the scene.

Just minutes earlier, the victim had reportedly been at her place of employment on Highway 99. While she was working alone, the suspect walked into the business, physically assaulted her, and forced her outside and into what is described as a purple-colored minivan.

At some point while the suspect was driving, the victim managed to escape the moving vehicle. She sustained additional injuries during the escape.

The victim was transported to an area hospital and interviewed by detectives -- who are seeking the public's help to find the suspect.

SUSPECT DESCRIPTION
- Adult male around 50 years old
- Full head of gray hair
- Possible gray goatee or beard
- Wire-rimmed glasses
- Last seen wearing dark pants and a hooded dark-navy-blue jacket

SUSPECT VEHICLE
- Purple-colored minivan
- Unknown make, model or plate

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

 

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