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Woman escapes abduction near campus

Kathlene Rohde

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An 18-year-old woman and Forest Grove resident, is claiming to be the victim of an attempted kidnapping. Police are still investigating the report of the incident that happened last Tuesday, Oct. 12.

“If all the facts in this case as presented to us are accurate then this is a serious, serious crime,” said Forest Grove Police Captain Aaron Ashbaugh.

The woman was walking home on Pacific Ave near B Street when at 10:15 p.m. a man approached her from behind and asked if he could ask her a “personal question.” According to her report, he then grabbed her hair and forced her into a van that had just pulled up. There were two other men in the van. She said she tried to talk to the men several times, but was slapped every time she spoke. The van drove a short distance into a “back road”. When they stopped she said she kicked one of the men and struck one of the other men over the head with a tool from the van. She escaped through the back doors and ran. On her way home an unidentified woman, driving a red Mitsubishi Eclipse sports car, gave her a ride the rest of the way.

The 18-year-old woman did not report this incident immediately, claiming she was “very frightened and too upset to discuss it with police,” according to the Police Department news release.

The woman is claiming the three kidnappers are all Hispanic males. One in their late 20s, about 5 foot 2 inches with a medium build, with a shaved head and a mustache. He also had a distinct scar on the right side of his neck. The second was also in his late 20s, short with a very heavy build, he wore a Los Angeles Lakers baseball cap at the time of the incident. The third kidnapper was 6 foot tall with a thin build and a mustache, according to the woman. The woman who gave the 18-year-old a ride back to her house was described as a Caucasian in her 40s with dyed blonde hair.

The 18-year-old described the van as green or white and cargo-style. Inside it had painting and gardening tools.

The police are looking for more information to find the validity in this report. Call 503-992-3260 to report additional information.

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