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UPDATE: The suspect in this case, Paul Winklebleck may be driving a dark green GMC Sonoma pickup with an Oregon license plate of 289EPF. Anyone who sees this vehicle is asked to call Portland Police.
(PORTLAND, Ore.) - Portland Police Detectives have identified the suspect in a local kidnapping case as 42-year old Paul Evans Winklebleck.
Detective Mary Wheat with the Portland Police Bureau, says last night at approximately 11:45 p.m., two women left a concert at the Roseland Theatre in Downtown Portland and were approaching their vehicle that was parked in a parking lot in the area of SW 2nd and Ash when they were approached by a man.
"The man told them that he worked for the Portland Police Bureau and was there to assist them because they might be intoxicated. The man stated that he was a "spotter" for the police and that he needed to escort the two women out of the area so that they did not get stopped and arrested for driving drunk. Both women declined and got into their car. The man stayed in the area and approached the women again and told them that if they drove away the police were waiting for them and they would be stopped."
Wheat says the women decided they would leave the car in the lot and then the suspect told them someone would tow the car if they left it there.
"The women decided to allow the man to drive their car because he said he worked for the police and it was his job to get them home. The man began driving around the Downtown area and then left the city on I-5 going southbound. The man displayed a knife and continued driving southbound until he took the Detroit Lake exit and stopped the car on a gravel road off the freeway. While driving, he also forced one of the women to take several pills."
The women told police they attempted to escape once the vehicle was stopped, but the suspect threatened both with a knife and physically assaulted one of the women.
One woman was able to escape however; she ran towards a residence in the area.
Local residents called 911 and the Marion County Sheriff's Office responded.
Wheat says while this was happening, the second woman broke free from the suspect and hid in the area.
"The Sheriff's Office was able to locate both women but the suspect had fled the area in the vehicle. The vehicle was located late this afternoon by Marion County approximately 10 miles from where the women were found."
Wheat says 42-year old Paul Evans Winklebleck remains at large. He currently has an outstanding warrant for Sex Abuse in the Third Degree, an outstanding Probation Violation issued by the Oregon State Parole Board, and is a registered sex offender.
He is approximately 5'11" tall, and has a stocky build. He has reddish brown hair that is short and thick and also a thick goatee and mustache. He was last seen wearing a camouflage or hunting type of shirt or jacket and a matching hat. Winklebleck also uses the last name of Sullivan and Rose. Anyone who sees Winklebleck is asked to call 911 immediately.
Anyone with information concerning this investigation is asked to call Detective Michele Michaels at 503-823-0635.
Wheat explains that the one photo was taken during the first few minutes of contact with the women.
Needless to say, he is not affiliated with the Portland Police Bureau and the bureau does not employ anyone that assists with intoxicated subjects or who act as escorts to potentially intoxicated subjects, Wheat said.
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