Man wanted in Milwaukie kidnapping is suspect in Eugene bank robbery

Man wanted in Milwaukie kidnapping is suspect in Eugene bank robbery
This image from surveillance video shows the man police say robbed the Columbia Bank in Eugene. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says the suspect is Kelly Vern Swoboda.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The man wanted for kidnapping and assaulting a woman at a Milwaukie, Ore. tanning salon in January is now wanted for robbing a bank in Eugene, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

Lt. Robert Wurpes, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, says the suspect in the Friday afternoon bank robbery at the Columbia Bank on Seneca Road in Eugene is 49-year-old Kelly Vern Swoboda.

Police say Swoboda kidnapped a woman from Palm Beach Tan in the 17000 block of Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard in Milwaukie last January, threw her in his purple van and took off. She fought back and jumped from the moving car.

The woman suffered serious injuries.

Swoboda was convicted twice for bank robbery in 1994 and 2006 and once for a weapons violation in 1999. He was also convicted of probation violations.

In Friday’s bank robbery in Eugene, police spokesman John Hankemeier said the suspect displayed a note to the teller and left the bank with money.

The suspect was wearing a long sleeve white-black zip-up jacket, dark blue jeans and glasses.
He left in a dark green Chrysler van with a possibly broken rear window, Hankemeier said.