MILWAUKIE, Ore. – The mother of the man police suspect kidnapped and abducted a woman earlier this week told KATU News Thursday that it is hard to believe it’s her son and that he would never do anything like this.
Police are looking for 49-year-old Kelly Vern Swoboda, who they say kidnapped a 20-year-old woman from Palm Beach Tan in the 17000 block of Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard, threw her in his purple van and took off. She fought back and jumped from the moving car.
The victim is recovering in the hospital.
Swoboda’s mother, who did not want KATU News to identify her, says her son was smart, quiet and a good boy when he was young.
“I know that it looks bad having him on the news right now,” she told KATU’s Brian Wood Thursday afternoon. “I see that and my heart just pulls out, and I think, that’s not my son.”
But she knows her son has changed – becoming a criminal convicted three times of bank robbery. But she says he’s never hurt anyone. She says she called KATU News hoping that by going on TV her son will hear her plea.
“Kelly, please turn yourself in,” she pleaded. “Please. Please. For yourself, for anybody else, we don’t want you to be hurt or anybody else.”
She says she doesn’t have any idea where her son is.
The last time she saw her son was in November. Then he disappeared.
Swoboda's mother was shaking and in tears as she spoke to a KATU News reporter while holding a childhood photo of her son.
She says the world overwhelms him sometimes and that doctors have said he is depressed. He drinks but doesn't know if he's on medication.
She saw the surveillance pictures from the kidnapping. She didn’t know it was Kelly, but then police named him and she said the feeling was worse than if someone close to her had died.
Police believe Swoboda may be driving that purple Dodge Caravan.
She says she is devastated as is her whole family. U.S. Marshals have spoken to her.
CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.
If you have information on his whereabouts, call the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.
Below: The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office released these surveillance photos of the suspect and a photo of a van similar to the van driven by the suspect.