Kidnapping victim rescued with help of bystanders, Eugene police say

The suspect was reportedly identified as a fugitive from New York.

Posted: Dec 17, 2020 4:38 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – A kidnapping and sex abuse victim was rescued when bystanders intervened in Eugene on Wednesday.

Police said officers responded to West 11th Avenue and Grant Street at about 3:30 p.m. after learning of the incident.

Suspect Stewart Forney, 34, of Eugene allegedly held a woman in her 20s at knifepoint and dragged her to her vehicle and was forcing her to give him her keys when several bystanders stepped in to help.

Police said Forney let the woman go and ran, but the bystanders pointed officers to apartments on West 12th Avenue. Police dog units and the crisis negotiation team were sent to the location.

The owner of the apartment allowed officers to enter and take Forney into custody. Forney is reportedly a fugitive from justice out of New York.

Police said Forney complained of a medical issue and was taken to a local hospital for evaluation, accompanied by officers.

After being discharged, Forney was taken to the Lane County Jail on charges of first-degree robbery related to carjacking, first-degree burglary, first-degree sex abuse, second-degree kidnapping, first-degree menacing and unlawful use of a weapon as well as fugitive from justice.

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