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Hillsboro Police Say Internet Meeting Led to Rape and Kidnapping

Police say the woman escaped from the man after he drove her to a store to get a prescription.

Vernon Louis Woodall of Hillsboro is in jail for raping and kidnapping a Washington woman he reportedly met online.
Vernon Louis Woodall of Hillsboro is in jail for raping and kidnapping a Washington woman he reportedly met online.
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(HILLSBORO, Ore.) - A 48-year old Hillsboro man suspected of raping a 20-year old woman he met on the Internet was arrested by police over the weekend. They say Vernon Louis Woodall is in custody on rape and kidnapping charges after he was taken into custody with an arrest warrant.

Lt. Michael Rouches with Hillsboro Police says officers acted on a report by a 20-year old Washougal Washington woman who told them she met Woodall online, and that she had agreed to meet him on April 16th 2008.

Police say Woodall drove the woman from her home in Washington, when they agreed to spend time together. They reportedly went shopping and driving. The woman told police that they decided to drive to his home in Hillsboro.

"Once in the apartment, Woodall would not let the victim leave by pushing her down and threatening her. Overnight, Woodall forcibly had sexual relations with the victim, again not allowing her to leave," Rouches said.

On April 17th, the next day, the suspect reportedly agreed to drive the victim to a store to get a prescription, whereby she escaped from him, returned home, and later called police.

Officers, Detectives and Tacticians from HPD gather probable cause for arrest of Woodall and for a search warrant for his residence.

The search warrant and arrest were served without incident and Woodall was taken into custody. Police say they seized evidence from his home and lodged Woodall in the Washington County Jail on charges of rape and kidnap under a $500,000. bail.

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Patty October 3, 2009 4:18 am (Pacific time)

Amanda you are very brave and strong for going to the police. Don't let time that goes by make you feel like giving up. You may just be the key to saving a girls life. Thanks for comming forward.

Patty October 3, 2009 4:22 am (Pacific time)

Amanda you are very strong for standing up. Please don\'t let the time going by before court stop you from putting this guy away. Thank God you are alive. You may just be the one that is saving a girls life. You need to be proud of yourself you were very smart and I belive tricked him into letting you go. I pray for you and thank God that you are safe and my help other girls as well.

amanda November 22, 2008 9:39 pm (Pacific time)

i was the victim of this crime! i just want to put out that if there are any other girls out there who were taken advantage of by this man to please step forward and share their story with the hillsboro police department. i am trying to get him put away for a long time and i may need your help in doing this. if i have more help we can get him locked up so he can never do this to anyone else again. thankyou for reading this and please consider this.

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