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Rogue River man sought on assault, kidnapping charges

ROGUE RIVER — Police are on the hunt for a Rogue River man who allegedly choked a woman, tried to drag her into a car and kidnap her, then chased after her in the early morning darkness when she escaped.

Rogue River police Chief Ken Lewis is asking the public to keep an eye out for the man, 32-year-old Jarrod Garwood, and report any sightings via 911. Lewis said Garwood might be hiding out in the Wimer area.

Garwood is wanted on kidnapping, assault, and strangulation charges stemming from a Tuesday morning incident. Just released from the Jackson County Jail,  Garwood received word his 21-year-old girlfriend was with another man, Lewis said. He arrived at the man's house just before 2 a.m. When that man answered the door, he denied the woman was there. Investigators say Garwood then barged in and found the 21-year-old hiding in a closet unclothed.

Police said Garwood pulled the woman outside to a car, but that she escaped and ran down the street, screaming for help.

"(She) was terrified he was going to kill her," Lewis said, adding the man she was with fled and didn't try to intervene.

A resident in the 400 block of Broadway Street, who was up watching television, heard the screaming and ran outside. He let the woman inside his home and chased Garwood off before calling police.

Court records show Garwood has two open cases against him right now. One is for an Aug. 15 arrest on a methamphetamine possession charge, the other from an Oct. 29 arrest involving burglary and methamphetamine possession charges. He also pleaded guilty to a heroin possession charge in 2012, records show.

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.

Rogue River police shared this photo of Jarrod Garwood on Twitter.