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3 years later, kidnapping suspect remains on the loose

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Exactly three years ago, a man pretending to be a Portland police officer kidnapped two women leaving a concert.

They managed to escape after Paul Winklebleck, a child sex offender, drove about 50 miles down Interstate 5. However, he has never been caught.

Police said it all started March 4, 2010. The victims left the Roseland Theatre in downtown Portland and came in contact with Winklebleck at about 11:45 p.m.

He told the women he was working for the Portland Police Bureau as a spotter and was willing to assist them in getting home because they might be intoxicated.

Believing his story, the women agreed to let Winklebleck drive them home. Once they were inside, he pulled a knife.

He drove south on I-5 to the Detroit Lake exit. When he stopped on a gravel road off the freeway, the women got away, ran to a nearby home and called 911.

"I thought he was going to rape and kill both of us at some point if we didn't get away," one of the women said.

"I remember trying to fight back and punch back and kick back.  He started punching me in my face and on my head," the other woman said.

Winklebleck took off and remains on the loose.

One of the women managed to take a photo of Winklebleck during the drive. Police have released that photo again, along with his Oregon drivers license photo from March 2009.

Winklebleck is a white man, 5'11" tall with a stocky build. He had reddish-brown hair that was short and thick, along with a thick goatee and mustache.

He was last seen wearing a camouflage or hunting type of shirt or jacket and a matching hat. He also has a tattoo on his upper back "Combative for God."

Police believe he may have changed his appearance and could be living under an assumed name, including Sullivan and Rose.

He is wanted for kidnapping, criminal impersonation, assault, attempted rape and robbery in this case. He is also wanted for child sex abuse and failing to register as a child sex offender.

Since the attack the two women have moved out of the area.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $1,000 in this case. If you know anything about it, call 503-823-HELP or go to crimestoppersoforegon.com.

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