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Police: Kidnapper made 'surveillance notes' on 17 girls, gave them ratings

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A booking photo of Kelly Swoboda, who was shot and killed by police in March. A booking photo of Kelly Swoboda, who was shot and killed by police in March.
Kelly Swoboda, as seen in a surveillance image released by police in February. Kelly Swoboda, as seen in a surveillance image released by police in February.
A bank robbery surveillance image from Eugene. Swoboda was accused of multiple bank robberies. A bank robbery surveillance image from Eugene. Swoboda was accused of multiple bank robberies.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Grand jury transcripts released Monday revealed disturbing allegations about a fugitive who apparently wrote notes on 17 girls, gave them ratings and marked whether they were alone or not.

Portland police shot and killed Kelly Swoboda near Wilson High School in March after getting reports of a suspicious van following students.

Swoboda previously kidnapped a woman who works at Palm Beach Tanning Salon in Milwaukie, investigators said. After he dragged the woman out of the salon and stuffed her into his van, Swoboda used duct tape to tie the woman's wrists and ankles, sheriff's detectives said. That woman managed to get away by jumping out of Swoboda's moving van.

About six weeks later, police detectives received word of a suspicious man driving a green van by Wilson High School. When confronted, Swoboda and Officer John Romero exchanged gunfire, and Swoboda was killed, police said. Romero survived, but suffered a gunshot wound.

In the investigation that followed, police found surveillance notes on more than a dozen girls, where Swoboda wrote locations, cars, license plates and the hair color of certain girls. He then gave them a rating.

The detective said there were "a lot" of girls from Wilson High School.

One note mentioned a brunette girl, rated an eight, seen by the Oregon Episcopal School tennis courts, and another mentioned a ballerina seen outside a Eugene dance studio, investigators said.

Swoboda also wrote about girls who worked at Clackamas Town Center, police said, and detectives believe he followed one of them home at night.

"He's making notes on people that he finds, I don't want to use the word 'attractive,' (but) people he's interested in for the purposes of abducting them and doing whatever he's going to do to them," the detective said.

Officers said they found two sets of rope bindings in Swoboda's pockets after he died, leading them to believe he "learned from his mistake" of using duct tape on his previous victim, so he "went with rope bindings, which are much harder to get out of. And that's why he was carrying those around."

In addition to the kidnapping in Milwaukie, Swoboda was a suspect in multiple bank robberies prior to his March 12 death.

Police said they made contact with the girls mentioned in the surveillance notes by following up on license plate information and they were able to confirm they're safe.

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