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Deputies: Man wanted for violent local kidnapping robbed Eugene bank

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Kelly Vern Swoboda, previous booking photo Kelly Vern Swoboda, previous booking photo
Bank robbery surveillance image, Eugene, Friday Bank robbery surveillance image, Eugene, Friday
Bank robbery surveillance image, Eugene, Friday Bank robbery surveillance image, Eugene, Friday

Police believe a wanted man who violently kidnapped a Milwaukie-area employee last month turned up in Eugene Friday and robbed a bank.

Kelly Vern Swoboda, 49, was identified by deputies as the man who walked into a tanning business on Highway 99E on Jan. 27, attacked an employee and forced her into a purple minivan.

Deputies responded to initial reports of a crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian on Southeast Oatfield Road. It turned out the kidnapping victim had escaped the moving van.

Investigators said the link to Swoboda was developed from a fingerprint at the crime scene. U.S. Marshals joined the manhunt for him, but Swoboda was not located.

On Friday, Eugene police said a man used a note to rob the Columbia Bank on Seneca road at 3 p.m.

He got away in a Chrysler van that was dark green in color and possibly had a broken rear-window.

The description of his van in the Milwaukie-area case was a purple 1989 to 1996 Dodge or Plymouth model.

After communication between Eugene police and Clackamas County deputies Friday, it was determined the bank robbery suspect was Swoboda.

Court records show Swoboda has a long criminal history and has spent much of the last 20 years behind bars. He has been sentenced to prison and released three times, twice on bank robbery convictions.

Swoboda is considered armed and dangerous. If you see him, call 911.

He is described as a white man in his late 50s, 5'11" and 180 pounds, with medium length grey hair tucked behind his ears, possibly wearing wire-rimmed glasses.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $1,000 for information leading to his arrest. If you know where he is or have any other information about this investigation, leave a tip at or call 503-823-HELP.

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