1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
July 26, 2006 00:00
On Wednesday, July 26, 2006, at 10:10 a.m., Central Precinct Officers arrested 49-year-old Jere Vestal Ryder on 3 Counts of Kidnap in the First Degree and One Count of Robbery in the First Degree.
The incident began when a 32-year-old Portland woman was in the process of removing her two toddlers from her vehicle in the parking lot of Portland’s zoo. The suspect, armed with a knife, approached the woman from behind, ordering her and her children back into the car. The suspect continued to threaten the victim at knifepoint. The victim began to fight the suspect and scream, attracting the attention of nearby construction workers at the Forestry Center. The suspect fled and was chased by the construction workers, who apprehended him and held him until police arrived.
The victims’ identities will not be released at this time to protect their privacy. Subsequent investigation has confirmed that Ryder is a Predatory Sex Offender and has two warrants for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.
Detectives are continuing to investigate the crime to determine the suspect’s motive. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Cordes Towle or Detective Jeff Nelson at (503) 823-0400.
This investigation is continuing. ###PPB###
Sgt. Pete Simpson