Northwest NEWS

July 16, 2001

Events

Detectives looking for victims of the 'Long-Haul Kidnapper'

Sheriff's detectives are looking for additional women who might have been victims of long-haul truck driver Roger William Oliver.
   Oliver, age 37, was arrested after he assaulted and tried to kidnap a female who he tricked into pulling over on I-90. One other woman has now come forward and said a man tried something similar near Ellensburg last April. Detectives think the suspect in that incident might be Oliver.
   In the most recent attack, a lone female driver was eastbound on I-90, when a semi-truck pulled in behind her and flashed his lights. Then maneuvering his truck in front of her, he signaled for her to leave the freeway on an exit. He spoke with the victim and said something had come off her tire.
   The woman drove away, intending to have the tire checked in Cle Elum. However, she hit something in the roadway and pulled over again. Oliver appeared behind her and offered to help change her tire.
   When she agreed and her back was turned, OIiver grabbed her and pulled her toward his truck. The woman fought back and managed to get free and run out into traffic. Oliver drove off in his truck and tried to elude State Patrol cars, but was captured.
   Oliver is being held in the Regional Justice Center, charged with Assault and Attempted Kidnapping. His bail is set at $1,000,000.
   Oliver has had access to several different semi-trucks over the last 15 years in his job as a long-haul trucker. Sheriff's detectives want to talk with women who have had any contact with Oliver, or have had a semi-truck try to get them to pull over. Oliver regularly travels Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
   Anyone with information is asked to call the King County Sheriff's Office at (206) 296-3311, 24 hours day.