An Oregon man accused of kidnapping, imprisoning a woman attempted to break out of jail

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A man who has been accused of kidnapping a woman in Seattle and keeping her in a cinder block cell in his home in Oregon, until she managed to escape, attempted to escape from jail on Tuesday.

Corrections officers for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office captured Negasi Zuberi, 29, trying to break through the glass in his cell window on Tuesday, according to KIRO-TV.

The incident occurred after a maintenance worker outside the building told the deputies about a suspicious noise they heard coming from one of the cells. Deputies discovered Zuberi on his bunk bed by the window that was reportedly chipped. They also found “an improvised tool” believed to be used by Zuberi.

Following the incident, Zuberi was moved to a cell that has no windows.

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Zuberi has been in jail on a federal hold or interstate kidnapping. He now faces additional charges of second-degree attempted escape and first-degree disorderly conduct.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office posted an update about the incident to Facebook, writing: “The Jail’s exterior windows are made of reinforced glass so Zuberi was only able to damage the interior layer of the window.” Zuberi was also sent through a full-body scanner after the incident, according to the update.

Zuberi picked up a prostitute from a street in Seattle known for sex work on July 15. The two apparently engaged in sexual acts, but then Zuberi claimed to be an undercover police officer, flashing a badge. He placed her in his vehicle in handcuffs and leg irons.

He drove 7 hours back to his home in Klamath Falls, Oregon, stopping to sexually assault her along the way. When the two made it to his house, he placed her in a cinder block cell. The doors were apparently made with metal bars. He told her she was to stay there while he did some paperwork.

When she realized she was in danger, she managed to break out by damaging the door’s welded joints. She saw Zuberi’s vehicle in the garage and grabbed a firearm that was inside. She got out of the house, flagged down a driver, and called 911.

Investigators say they found the woman’s purse at Zuberi’s home, as well as handwritten notes that seemed to draw out his alleged plans.

One note apparently read: “Make sure they don’t have a bunch of ppl [sic] in their life. You don’t want any type of investigation.”

Stephanie Shark, assistant special agent of the FBI, said: “Her quick thinking and will to survive may have saved other women from a similar nightmare.”

The FBI believes there may be other victims. They have asked for the public’s help in identifying them.

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