2 Banks women kidnapped, Cornelius driver crashes, flees

Crime

Police say the suspect was driving 100 mph on Highway 26

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A search is underway for a Cornelius man who police say kidnapped two women early Wednesday morning.

Edgar Adrian Hernandez allegedly offered to drive the two women from a party near Portland State University back to their home in Banks.

But during the drive, 20-year-old Hernandez told the women he would not take them home and accelerated the black 2012 Dodge Charger to 100 miles per hour on Highway 26, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

The two women told the driver to stop the car but he refused.

“They asked him to stop, let them out, he told them he wasn’t going to take them home, he was going to take them somewhere else,” said Deputy Brian van Kleef.

Hernandez exited the freeway at SW Park Way where he ran a red light and nearly rammed into a Washington County deputy near SW Baltic Avenue, according to authorities.

“The car blew through some red stoplights and nearly crashed into one of our deputies,” said van Kleef.

Two deputies tried to stop the car but Hernandez continued on, eventually crashing at SW Barnes Rd and SW 118th Ave.

A 2019 mugshot of Edgar Adrian Hernandez. (Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

Responding deputies — along with a K9 team — searched around the crash site. They found a gun under the passenger seat but didn’t find Hernandez.

It wasn’t clear if the two women, between 19 and 20 years old, were hurt in the incident.

“When the driver told them he wasn’t going to take them home, I’m sure that was very scary for both of these young ladies and we are fortunate that they survived this safely,” van Kleef said.

PSU student Courtney Lael told KOIN 6 News the suspected driver “looks like somebody I’ve seen on campus… he could be anyone on campus and I never would have known.”

She said she’s always tried to look out for potential predators.

“As a young woman on campus, it’s something I’m always looking out for — people following me, it’s always something on the MAX,” said Lael. “But going to parties, I mean, you kind of hope that people don’t take advantage of you so that’s pretty crazy.”

Others said the incident reinforces the importance of keeping students safe.

“It’s kind of troubling,” said PSU graduate student Eve Ashkar. “I think that it shows that more effort should be put into the safety of not just women but students in general.”

Anyone with information on Hernandez’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 503-629-0111.

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