Police have discovered that man shot in Portland last month after being wanted for stalking young women in a van had converted his vehicle into a “moveable dungeon” with chains and handcuffs.
According to police, 49-year-old Kelly Swoboda had notes on 20 women, rating the women he stalked and marking down when they were alone. Swoboda was busted outside of a high school in March after authorities became concerned that he was following students.
Swoboda and the police exchanged gun fire and the man died in the exchange. A grand jury has ruled that the shooting was justified.
Aside from the stalking, Swoboda had also been wanted by police as a suspect in several bank robberies and for the kidnapping of a 23-year-old woman outside of a tanning salon in January.
The woman says Swoboda beat her, forced her in the van, and tied her wrists and ankles with duct tape. She was able to escape by jumping out of the moving van but suffered a fractured skull as a result.
The woman had not noticed any chains or ropes that police later found, leading detectives to suspect that he had converted the van into a “moveable dungeon” after the January incident.
Detective Mary Nunn says “I’m thinking exactly that one victim got away, and he wasn’t going to let the next one get away. Our discussion at my office is that he was coming up with a better way to restrain somebody in his vehicle.”
Detective Erik Kammerer discussed the notes Swoboda kept on women, saying “Some of them have license plates, so he has seen them driving and follows them. He’s making notes on people that he finds – I don’t want to use the word attractive – people he’s interested in for the purpose of abducting them and doing whatever he’s going to do to them.”