Woman fights off abductor: ‘I have too much to live for’

"The hair on the back of your neck stands up because it is that awful"

A 22-year-old woman escaped after a man tried to abduct her early Wednesday morning in Eastmoreland. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A young woman who reportedly fought off a man who tried to kidnap her early Wednesday morning said she felt lucky to be alive when she spoke to KOIN 6 News just hours after the incident.

“The hair on the back of your neck stands up because it is that awful,” the 22-year-old said as she recalled the traumatic event.

She told police she was walking home from the QFC store at SE Milwaukie Avenue and SE Duke Street just after midnight when the attempted kidnapping occurred.

She was reportedly walking east on Bybee Boulevard near 27th Avenue when a man came up from behind her, wrapped her in a big bear hug and pulled her towards the Eastmoreland Golf Course parking lot.

“He opened the latch to his trunk, all the seats were out,” she said. “There was this gray tarp and some ropes and that was when I really started freaking out.”

The woman said she started screaming loudly, digging her heels into the ground.

“I started screaming even louder thinking, ‘Oh God no, please let me go I’ll do anything,'” she continued. “‘I’m going to die tonight,’ that’s what I thought. And then I thought, ‘I can’t, I have way too much to live for.'”

Less than a day after the incident, she says it’s all “kind of a blur”. She remembers finding the strength to turn herself around and throw punches at her attacker.

It was the fight for her life that made the man give up.

“I don’t know what made him change his mind,” she said. “He just told me to run.”

She started running as fast as she could to the first house she saw.

“I was banging as hard as I could, ringing the doorbell,” she recalled. “At the same time, screaming ‘help me, please, help me.’ It was so surreal.”

She asked the family inside to call 911. Luckily, she wasn’t physically injured during the attack, but emotionally the incident has taken its toll on her.

“The first thing I did was wash my face and brush my teeth because I could taste his hand on my face,” she said. “I just needed to get it off.”

Now police are working to gather any information that may help lead to an arrest.

The suspect is described as a white, Hispanic or mixed-race man in his 30s. He was reportedly clean shaven, 6′ tall and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, possibly blue jeans and work boots.

His SUV is described as a newer model with a split-style tailgate where the glass opens up and the tailgate pulls down.

Anyone with information or surveillance video should contact Detective Anthony Merrill at 503.823.4033 or Detective Vince Cui at 503.823.9786.

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