PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The search is on for a man suspected of trying to abduct a woman who was jogging in Portland’s South Tabor neighborhood early Thursday morning.
According to the Portland Police Bureau, a woman was jogging near Southeast 70th Avenue and Southeast Woodward Street around 4:30 a.m. when she was approached by a man in a car. The suspect reportedly started asking her for directions — before pulling out a handgun and demanding the woman get inside his car.
“She had said she was out for a jog and that a suspect drove by her once in the vehicle and circled around and drove by her again,” said Sgt. Kevin Allen with the Portland Police Bureau. “Fortunately, she did not get in the car, she was able to get away.”
When officers arrived at the scene, they found the woman hiding in a nearby bush. They searched the area but could not find the suspect.
PPB describes the suspect as a black man in his 30s-40s with a closely trimmed bread and was possibly wearing glasses. The victim told police he was “soft-spoken,” possibly in an attempt to get her to move closer to him.
The suspect’s car is reportedly an “older model” light green Subaru Outback wagon.
Neighbors say it’s a quiet residential area with many out jogging or walking their dogs.
“It’s pretty shocking actually. I feel like this is one of the quietest, easy-going neighborhoods in town and then just to have something like this happen, it was kind of a wake-up call,” said Brent Arnold, who lives in the area. “I’ll definitely be more aware of my surroundings.”
As police search for the suspect, they also want this to serve as a reminder for people to be situationally-aware when out and about.
“In this case, the jogger did a fantastic job of being aware of what was going on, being aware of her own safety and getting herself away from that situation as quickly as possible,” said Allen.
Anyone with surveillance cameras in the area is asked to check their footage from around that time to see if the suspect or his vehicle was spotted. PPB says the suspect may have been circling the blocks before approaching the victim.
Anyone with information is urged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org and reference case number 22-153618.
KOIN 6 News’ Jami Seymore contributed to this report.