SAN JOSE (KRON) — A 22-year-old San Jose State University student was found near Brandon, Oregon Friday night after allegedly getting kidnapped at knifepoint from her apartment by a stranger, according to the Coos County Sheriff’s Office.
Officers with the Bandon Police Department found the victim frightened, running down a roadway at around 10:18 p.m. near U.S. Highway 101 and Prosper Junction Road.
She told investigators that she’d been abducted roughly 10 hours earlier, carjacked and forced to drive north in her own vehicle until it ran out of gas, allowing her an opportunity to flee on foot and hide in tall grass nearby until nightfall.
Officers found the vehicle near an old mill at Ballard’s Bridge and Highway 101 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 in Coos Bay for facial injuries suffered when the suspect struck her. The Coos County Women’s Safety and Resource Center provided an advocate for her and housed her until family members arrived to bring her home over the weekend.
Coos County sheriff’s deputies contacted police in the San Jose area and learned 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 victim describes the suspect 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, according to deputies.
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