Jogger Hides in Bush After Attempted Gun-Point Abduction

Earlier this week, a morning jogger in the South Tabor Neighborhood of Portland reported an attempted abduction by a suspect armed with what appeared to be a handgun, and investigators are requesting public assistance in the case.

On Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 4:26a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a report of an attempted kidnapping at Southeast 70th Avenue and Southeast Woodward Street. Responding officers found the victim hiding from the suspect in a bush nearby. The 42-year-old woman reported that she was approached by a suspect in a car, who initiated conversation by asking her for directions. The suspect then produced a handgun and demanded she get into his car. The victim ran away and the suspect drove off. She was not physically hurt. Officers searched the area for the suspect but he was not located.

The suspect is described as a black male in his 30’s or 40’s, with a close-trimmed beard, and possibly wearing glasses. The victim said he was soft-spoken and she thought he might be speaking quietly in an attempt to draw her closer. His vehicle is described an “older model” light green Subaru Outback wagon. 

Detectives are investigating this incident and are requesting anyone with surveillance cameras in that area to check their footage around that time to see if the suspect or his vehicle was captured on video. The suspect may have been circling the blocks before contacting the victim. Also, if anyone has information about this incident or the suspect, they’re asked to reach out to authorities.

Courtesy of PPB