Deputies: Kidnapper attacked woman, forced her into purple van - KCTV5 News

Wanted: Deputies identify Milwaukie-area kidnapping suspect

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Detectives are searching for a kidnapping suspect who walked into a business on Highway 99E, physically assaulted a woman who worked there and then forced her outside as they drove off in a purple minivan.

Deputies identified the man caught on surveillance cameras as Kelly Vern Swoboda, 49. His current address is unknown.

Deputies said Swoboa is considered armed and dangerous. If you see him or know where he is call 911, but do not attempt to contact him.

The kidnapping happened Monday night in the Milwaukie area.

At some point, the woman in her mid-20s managed to escape from the suspect's moving vehicle, though she suffered serious injuries.

Clackamas County sheriff's deputies responded to Oatfield Road around 9:30 p.m. Once they arrived, the kidnapping victim told investigators what happened.

She said she was working alone at the time at Palm Beach Tan when the man walked into the business. After he attacked the woman, police said he forced her into the purple minivan.

It wasn't immediately clear how fast the minivan was moving when the woman escaped, but deputies said she suffered injuries during the escape in addition to the actual attack.

Swoboda is described as a man in his 50s with a full head of gray hair, a possible gray goatee or beard and wire-rimmed glasses. He was last seen wearing dark pants and a hooded, dark navy-blue jacket.

Deputies released a booking photo of him from November 2013, when he had a shorter beard.

His criminal history includes driving while uninsured in 1992, driving while suspended in 1994, being an ex-con in possession of a firearm in 1999 and DUII in 2013. Court records show an arrest warrant was issued after he failed to appear for his arraignment after his last arrest.

The make and model of his purple minivan isn't known, and the woman was not able to get a license plate.

Investigators said stranger-on-stranger attacks are "extremely rare," and they're taking the kidnapping very seriously. The victim is currently safe in a Portland hospital.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call the sheriff's tip line at 503-723-4949 or use the tip form at, referencing case #14-2548.

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