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Oak Grove kidnapper shot by Portland officer

Kelly Vern Swoboda, who was shot to death by a Portland police officer Wednesday in a confrontation near Wilson High School, has a long criminal history dating back to at least 1994.

Swoboda, who was born in September 1964, was arrested seven times in Multnomah County, beginning Nov. 21, 1994. He also was arrested three times in 1999 — March 25, July 30 and Oct. 8. In 2006, he was arrested on May 15, Sept. 22 and Dec. 8.

by: CCSO - SwobodaHe also was arrested three times in Clackamas County: March 13, 1999, then again 10 days later, and on Nov. 6, 2013.

In 1994 he was convicted of bank robbery and sentenced to four years in prison. He also was arrested for driving without insurance that year.

In 1999, he was convicted of being an ex-con with a gun. Later that year, he was convicted in federal court of bank robbery and went to prison for three more years.

In 2006, he robbed a Beaverton bank of $1,358, which included five $20 bait bills. He was arrested a day later after a routine traffic stop on a separate federal warrant.

Five days later, he was charged with armed robbery and went to prison until March 2013. He got out on a supervised release.

KOIN 6 News learned the the U.S. District Attorney had filed charges against Swoboda for three bank robberies before Christmas — two credit unions in the Milwaukie area and one in Portland.

The 49-year-old was the prime suspect of a woman kidnapped from an Oak Grove tanning salon and of a Eugene bank robbery since his most recent arrest for DUII.

Last Wednesday, police investigated a man in a suspicious van near Wilson High School. That man was Swoboda, who shot Officer John Romero before Romero returned fire and killed him.




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