Monday, January 21 2013, 11:38 AM CST
Police arrest man for several kidnapping attempts
By Jessica De Nova/KTVL.com
MEDFORD, Ore.-Medford Police arrested Fidel Flores-Avalos (39) Saturday night at his home in Talent and charged him with second degree attempted kidnapping.
Police are trying to figure out if the kidnapping suspect had more victims than they know about.
"We don't know if any of these have been unreported. We don't know how many times he's tried to do this and that's certainly a concern to us," said Sgt. Kerry Curtis with Medford Police Deparment.
Police said Flores-Avalos drove around in an older, white Jeep Cherokee, license plates, ZFC956, looking for the perfect place to take women.
"All of them were in secluded parking lots that were dark," said Sgt. Curtis.
According to police, his first two attempts were early in the morning.
Officers said the first try was on Jan. 13, in the Medford Shopping Center parking lot, just before 10 a.m. where he tried to push a woman into his car.
Curtis said, "In one instance, the male actually made physical contact with one of the females."
She was able to escape, unharmed.
Jan. 17, only a few blocks away and just before 8 a.m. the suspect tried to lure another female into his car, but a good samaritan stepped in and helped her get away.
Police said, the suspect was also able to slip away, but after his final attempt this Saturday, he was caught.
"The victim was able to get a license plate and good description of the driver and that led detectives to his residence where he was ultimately questioned and then lodged for attempted kidnapping," said Curtis.
Flores-Avalos was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on $5,000 bail.
Medford Police advice you not walk to your car alone, "You can always call the police department. We'll come make sure that you get to your car safely," said Sgt. Curtis.
He also suggested asking a co-worker to walk with you, keeping your cell close and parking in well-lit areas. "It's difficult in the winter time when you leave work or wherever it might be. It's dark early."
Medford Police want to know if you have any information on the suspect.