SJSU Student Kidnapped At Knifepoint Found In Rural Oregon
(BANT) – Investigators in two different states say a 22-year-old San Jose State University student who was found near a rural coastal town in Oregon last Friday night says she was kidnapped at knifepoint from her apartment by a stranger.
The Coos County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon says local police found the victim late Friday evening running down a roadway not far from Highway 101.
The unidentified woman told investigators she’d been abducted about 10 hours earlier in San Jose, carjacked and forced to drive north in her own vehicle until it ran out of gas, giving her the chance to run from the vehicle and hide in tall grass nearby until nightfall.
Officers found the vehicle near an old mill and searched the area for the suspect, with assistance from a K-9 unit. They were unable to track him, however, and towed the vehicle for evidence. The victim was transported to a hospital for facial injuries suffered when the suspect struck her.
Coos County sheriff’s deputies contacted police in the San Jose area and determined that the victim had been reported missing by family members after she did not show up for her own graduation ceremony. San Jose State University police had launched an investigation based on their report.
The suspect is described as a mixed-race black and Hispanic man in his 30s. He did not have facial hair and was wearing a black hoodie, black baseball hat and black winter-style gloves, according to the victim.
The case remains under investigation by Coos County sheriff’s deputies and the San Jose Police Department. The FBI has also been notified.