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Eugene kidnapping suspect charged with sex abuse

The alleged victim reportedly escaped to a nearby inn in Springfield.

Posted: Nov 26, 2020 10:24 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – A man accused of kidnapping a woman in her 40s was arrested over the weekend.

Eugene police said officers responded to the Village Inn, 1875 Mohawk Boulevard, at about 2:45 p.m. on Nov. 22, and Springfield police officers were already on the scene.

Suspect Phillip Robbennolt-O’Connell, 55, reportedly kidnapped the woman by threatening to shoot her as she waited at a bus stop near West 1st Avenue and Jefferson Street. The woman was forced into the vehicle.

Police said the suspect drove eastbound on Interstate 105 and lost control of his car and crashed off the roadway. Robbennolt-O’Connell got out of the car, and the alleged victim reportedly took the opportunity to run away to the nearly Village Inn. Staff then called police.

Robbennolt-O’Connell was found walking nearby. Detectives with Eugene Police Violent Crimes were called in to investigate.

The man is being charged with first-degree sex abuse, attempted sodomy and kidnapping with the intent to rape.

Police said the investigation is ongoing, and detectives are seeking other potential victims who may have gone through a similar experience.

Robbennolt-O’Connell is known to drive a white 1999 Subaru Legacy.

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