Police: Kidnapped woman assaulted for days in local hotel

Fugitive Rodney Edward Silva, 44, allegedly held the victim at Medford Inn

A man with two out-of-state warrants for his arrest allegedly kidnapped a woman and assaulted her multiple times in a Medford hotel room, police reported.

Rodney Edward Silva, 44, allegedly held the woman against her will at the Medford Inn for several days, officials said. He is being held in the Jackson County Jail without bail on charges of first-degree rape, second-degree kidnapping, second-degree assault, attempting to elude police and resisting arrest, jail records show.

He also is being held for violating his parole in California, which stems from a past sex-crime conviction and failure to register as a sex offender, police said.

The woman Silva allegedly kidnapped was in a relationship with him, police said. She was able to escape the room Friday afternoon and asked the hotel manager to call 911. Police reported that Silva allegedly threatened to kill the woman if she left the room during his temporary departures.

"He would not allow her to leave, using whatever physical means (he had)," said Medford police Cpl. Jason Antley.

The woman was taken to a local hospital, where she was recovering Saturday from her injuries, police said. Her status is not known, but Antley said her injuries were extensive.

"She was definitely assaulted numerous times over several days," he said.

When police arrived at about 4:45 p.m. Friday, Silva was not on the premises, but he returned while police were investigating. He fled in his vehicle, a green BMW sedan, which was located a few minutes later near the corner of East 10th and Cottage streets, wrecked and abandoned.

Several witnesses reported having seen Silva run from the vehicle on foot. Police searched the area and found him hiding in a utility trailer about 200 yards from where he'd crashed the car. Silva resisted arrest during attempts to handcuff him, police said. No stun guns were deployed. Silva was not armed.

Records show that Silva has been wanted by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation since April.

The investigation is ongoing.

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or by email at rpfeil@mailtribune.com.

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