Police: Kidnapping suspect tries to pull woman off Riverbank Trail

Police: Kidnapping suspect tries to pull woman off Riverbank Trail »Play Video
A man walks along the Riverbank Trail near where a woman was accosted by a bicyclist on Saturday.

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Police are asking the public to keep an eye out for a kidnapping suspect after a woman said she was grabbed Saturday afternoon while jogging along the Willamette in Springfield.

Officers were called out to the West D Street boat landing just before noon Saturday after getting reports of an attempted kidnapping.

The victim told police she was running on the Riverbank Trail pedestrian/bike path along the Willamette when she was accosted by a man that had been riding towards her on a bike.


According to a police report the man grabbed her arm and tried to pull her off the path.


"She started flailing her arms and fighting the guy off. The suspect finally let go as he was laughing at her and continued riding westbound through the bike paths,” Springfield Police Sgt. Brian Gay said. "The fact that the guy was also laughing about it - maybe he thought it was a big joke - but it's not a big joke. It's a felony, it's a crime."

The man was last seen riding west down the bike path. Police searched the area but couldn't find the suspect.

The suspect is described as a white man in his mid-30's, about 6 feet tall and around 190 pounds. He had short blonde hair and was unshaven. 

At the time he was wearing a blue or teal jacket with blue jeans, tennis shoes, a gray and white bike helmet and a dark-colored fanny pack. He was riding an "off-brand", dark mountain bike.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Springfield Police at 541-726-3714.