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News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Jan. 28 - Feb. 4, 2014

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UPDATED -- SUSPECT DECEASED: Sheriff's Office seeks tips in Jan. 27 kidnapping/assault case

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UPDATE (Thursday, March 13, 2014) -- SUSPECT DECEASED; PORTLAND POLICE OFFICER RECOVERING

UPDATE: The deceased suspect who shot Portland Police Officer John Romero on March 12 has been identified as violent kidnapping suspect Kelly Vern Swoboda. PPB's full news release on the incident is here.

EARLIER: $1,000 Crime Stoppers reward now available in suspect hunt

There's now a $1,000 Crime Stoppers reward for info leading to the arrest of kidnapping suspect Kelly Swoboda. Details are here.

EARLIER (Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, 12:30 p.m.) -- PHOTO OF SUSPECT VEHICLE TYPE RELEASED; TIPS STILL SOUGHT

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Marshals Service continue to work together in the manhunt for kidnapping/assault suspect Kelly Vern Swoboda, age 49.

Attached to this release is a photo of the suspect vehicle type (not the actual vehicle) reportedly used in Monday's kidnapping -- a purple Dodge Caravan minivan.

Again, the attached is a photo of the type of vehicle reportedly used in the kidnapping -- not surveillance footage of the actual suspect vehicle.

We are still collecting tips on Kelly Swoboda's whereabouts. Anyone with information is urged to call 503-723-4949 or use our online tip sheet. If you see Swoboda, do NOT engage him -- call 911. He is believed to be armed and dangerous.

EARLIER (12:25 p.m., Jan. 29): MORE INVESTIGATIVE INFO; MARSHALS JOIN THE MANHUNT

Detectives are still actively searching for kidnapping/assault suspect KELLY VERN SWOBODA, age 49. The U.S. Marshals have also joined the search effort.

The link to suspect Swoboda in this case was developed from a fingerprint at the crime scene.

Deputies who initially responded and contained the scene located the evidence and later turned it over to our Crime Scene Investigators (CSI). Evidence Technicians were able to process the evidence, find the fingerprint, and match it to the suspect.

We are still collecting tips on Kelly Swoboda's whereabouts. Anyone with information is urged to call 503-723-4949 or use our online tip sheet. If you see Swoboda, do not engage him -- call 911. He is believed to be armed and dangerous.

EARLIER (5:20 p.m., Jan. 28) -- SUSPECT NAMED; NEW BULLETIN, 2013 BOOKING PHOTO RELEASED; TIPS SOUGHT; CALL 911 IF SEEN

The suspect in yesterday's assault and kidnapping has been identified as KELLY VERN SWOBODA, age 49. His current address is unknown.

A new suspect bulletin (PDF format) can be downloaded here. It contains an additional booking photo from November 2013, in which Kelly Swoboda has a shorter beard.

Mr. 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 approach or 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.

EARLIER:

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating an aggressive kidnapping case that occurred in unincorporated Milwaukie on Monday, Jan. 27. The victim is safe in an area hospital. 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, Jan. 27 around 9:30 p.m. Clackamas County Sheriff's Office 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 Hwy 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 (photos attached):

SUSPECT VEHICLE

The victim and family are requesting privacy and are not available for interviews.

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

TIPS SOUGHT

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips and information regarding this crime.

Anyone with information concerning this crime is encouraged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by telephone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online e-mail form. Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #14-2548.

The public can also submit crime-tip text messages to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office from a cell phone. All users have to do is send a text message to CRIMES (274637 on your phone keypad) -- with the keyword CCSO as the first word in the message body.

Important reminder: Please do not send emergency messages using the text-messaging system -- in case of an emergency, call 911.

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