Eugene PD call off search in Target parking lot kidnapping

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The search was called off around 9:30 p.m.

The victim of a possible kidnapping at the Eugene Target store parking lot got into this Nissan with Kansas plates, January 6, 2020 (Eugene PD)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — After more than 9 hours, Eugene police have called off their search for a woman they believed was kidnapped in a Target parking lot Monday afternoon.

The incident was caught on surveillance cameras from the Target store on West 11th Avenue in Eugene around 12:15 p.m., police said.

These cars appear to box in a Nissan at the time of a possible kidnapping at the Eugene Target parking lot, January 6, 2020 (Eugene PD)

The a woman was getting into her tan Nissan Maxima with a Kansas license plate. As she did, two cars drove up and blocked her in the parking spot. Two men then jumped out and broke the window of the driver’s side, forced the victim into the passenger seat and drove off with her inside.

Police were investigating the incident as a possible kidnapping or car jacking and a search was underway for the woman, as well as the men and other cars involved.

“It looks very coordinated,” Lieutenant Doug Mozan in a closed-door press conference on Monday evening. “The movement that was seen by our officers in the surveillance footage suggests that somebody planned to do this, and they did this in a very swift way, and that’s not something that just happens randomly, so it’s pretty suspicious.”

Witnesses helped police identify the woman they were looking for as 21-year-old Treasure Marler-Liggins. She is a Springfield resident.

This woman may be the victim of a kidnapping from the Eugene Target store parking lot, January 6, 2020 (Eugene PD)

Court records show that Marler-Liggins was a suspect facing misdemeanor charges of assault and possession of meth from a domestic violence incident on Nov. 13, 2019. Her next hearing is scheduled for Jan. 10.

Around 9:30 p.m. the Eugene Police Department issued an update that stated they had found Marler-Liggins and that “she is no longer being sought.”

Earlier Monday, Police said they were looking for 3 men connected to the coordinated incident in the Target parking lot. However, after making contact with the woman, it is unclear if authorities are still looking for the men or the cars associated with them. Police did not say if any arrests were made related to the incident.

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