Kelly Swoboda’s life in crime

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Kelly Vern Swoboda, who was shot to death by a Portland police officer Wednesday  in a confrontation near Wilson High School, has a long criminal history dating back to at least 1994.

Kelly Swoboda in three mug shots from Multnomah County in 1999 (file)
Kelly Swoboda in three mug shots from Multnomah County in 1999 (file)

Swoboda, who was born in September 1964, was seven times arrested in Multnomah County, beginning Nov. 21, 1994. He was also arrested three times in 1999 — March 25, July 30 and October 8. In 2006, he was arrested on May 15, September 22 and December 8.

He was also arrested three times in Clackamas County: March 13, 1999, then again 10 days later, and on Nov. 6, 2013.

In 1994 he was convicted of bank robbery and sentenced to four years in prison. He was also arrested for driving without insurance that year.

In 1999, he was convicted of being an ex-con with a gun. Later that year, he was convicted in federal court of bank robbery and went to prison for three more years.

Kelly Swoboda in mug shots from Multnomah County -- 1994 (left) and three from 2006 (file)
Kelly Swoboda in mug shots from Multnomah County — 1994 (left) and three from 2006 (file)

In 2006, he robbed a Beaverton bank of $1358, which included five $20 bait bills. He was arrested a day later after a routine traffic stop on a separate federal warrant.

Five days later, he was charged with armed robbery and went to prison until March 2013. He got out on a supervised release.

KOIN 6 News learned the US District Attorney had filed charges against Swoboda for three bank robberies before Christmas — two credit unions in Milwaukie and one in Portland.

The 49-year-old was the prime suspect of a woman kidnapped from a Milwaukie tanning salon and of a Eugene bank robbery since his most recent arrest for DUII.

On Wednesday, police investigated a man in a suspicious van near Wilson High School. That man was Kelly Swoboda, who shot Officer John Romero before Romero returned fire and killed him.

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