SJSU student found in OR after being kidnapped by stranger

Cheryl Sanders
May 31, 2017

Police in two states are investigating a San Jose State University student's claim that a knife-wielding man abducted her and forced her to drive him almost 560 miles north to Bandon, Oregon.

Bay Area reports the 22-year-old San Jose University student said she didn't know the suspect who kidnapped her from her apartment complex. Then at 10:18 p.m., a phone call came in to Coos County, Oregon when a person reported seeing a frightened woman running down a road.

When her auto ran out of gas on Friday night and came to a stop in Coos County, the woman said she fled into a nearby grassy area and concealed herself by lying down amid the tall brush.


The woman was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for injuries to her face. 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. Investigators say the victim reported she was forced to drive her kidnapper north in her own auto.

The woman's vehicle was found abandoned at an mill near Bullards Bridge, not far from where she was picked up, but attempts to track down the suspect with a police dog were unsuccessful, according to the Sheriff's Office.

A San Jose State spokeswoman said San Jose police are handling the investigation, as the reported crime did not occur within the university's jurisdiction.


The suspect is described as a mixed-race black and Hispanic man in his 30s.

On Saturday, the woman was interviewed again and the investigation was turned over to the San Jose police. He was wearing a black hoodie, a black baseball cap and black gloves.


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