Kidnap attempt added to charges

DALLAS -- An Independence man arrested in April on public indecency charges connected to an incident at the Dallas Safeway is now facing more charges, including attempted kidnapping.



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Tommy Ray Vollendroff

DALLAS -- An Independence man arrested in April on public indecency charges connected to an incident at the Dallas Safeway is now facing more charges, including attempted kidnapping.

Tommy Ray Vollendroff, now in custody at Polk County Jail on $145,000 bail, is facing two counts of public indecency, two counts of unlawful contact with a child and one count of first-degree attempted kidnapping in two separate cases.

If convicted, Vollendroff could face life in prison under Oregon statute, due to previous felony sex crime convictions.

Vollendroff was arrested April 10 following a report of a man exposing himself to customers at Safeway.

Vollendroff was indicted on those charges on April 18.

A few weeks later, with evidence gathered during that arrest, investigators were able to connect him to a February incident in which a man fitting Vollendroff's description apparently tried to coax a young child out of her front yard and into his truck.

According to a probable cause affidavit included in the Vollendroff's case file, on Feb. 13 the mother of the young girl reported to police that a man had driven by their Dallas home three times smiling and waving at her daughter. On the third passing, he asked her to get in his truck.

The girl told the man "no" and ran back inside her house to find her father, according to the affidavit.

The child described the man's truck as "being a small blue truck with a ladder or tire rack on the back."

At the time of his arrest in the incident at Safeway, police say Vollendroff was driving a Toyota pickup that matched that description.

When investigators followed up on the attempted kidnapping, the girl was able to identify Vollendroff in a photo lineup.

The attempted kidnapping and second unlawful contact with a child charges were filed with the court on May 4.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Jenn Gaddis said the two most recent charges will go before a grand jury Wednesday and Vollendroff will next be in court, possibly for an arraignment on those charges, on Thursday.

According to court documents, Vollendroff has four prior sex abuse and indecency convictions in Oregon dating back to 1984. His status as a sex offender prohibit him from having any contact with children.

Dallas Detective April Welsh said she is continuing her investigation. She asked anyone with information about Vollendroff or who may have seen him around a school, playground or other places where children were present to call 503-831-3524.



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