MEDFORD, Ore. — In less than a week, two children in southern Oregon are almost kidnapped by strangers.
A man is in custody for one attempted kidnapping but the investigation is not over. Detectives are considering the possibility that the incident in Medford is connected to the incident last Wednesday in Grants Pass.
The mother in the most recent attempted kidnapping incident did not want to show her face or reveal her name. She told NewsWatch 12, 47-year-old Robert Jones followed her and her son on Grape street Monday morning.
“He came out of his car and he gave me a bible. Told me that the Lord wanted me and my child to read the bible,” she said.
The mother says she told Jones she didn’t want one and Jones grabbed her son’s arm.
“I got in between them two and pulled away and he continued to follow us to the truck. I put him behind me. I did whatever I could to make sure he couldn’t get to him,” she explained.
She says Jones approached them again after they got into the truck and offered them water.
“He said it was water but it had a lid and straw. He told them that the Lord told him that we were thirsty,” she said.
She told him no but Jones persisted.
“Then he told us that the Lord had a present in his car for us and he wanted us to have it,” she said.
By this time, the mother says she was making a call to 9-1-1. and Jones took off. Medford Police located Jones’ car half an hour later after the initial call and arrested him.
Police say this incident could be connected to another attempted kidnapping in Grants Pass. Last Wednesday, an 8-year-old boy reported a man in a red Dodge Challenger pulled out a gun and told him to get in his car.
“Honestly, I find it rather odd that there might be two people in our valley that are trying to abduct small children. So, for this to happen just within days of each other between Medford and Grants Pass is extremely rare,” said Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau.
Police say though the cars in both cases are similiar looking, the suspect descriptions do not match. Medford police still plan to do a thorough investigation of Jones’ car to see if there is any evidence linking him to the Grants Pass incident.