FBI searching for more victims after woman escapes cinderblock cell in man’s garage

‘Her quick thinking and will to survive may have saved other women from a similar nightmare,’ FBI Special Agent in Charge says

Gustaf Kilander
Washington, DC
Thursday 03 August 2023 23:42 BST
FBI: Kidnapped woman escapes from cage

A man has been arrested in Oregon after a woman escaped a cinderblock cell in his garage, the FBI has said.

The agency said that Negasi Zuberi, 29, from Klamath Falls, Oregon went to Seattle and picked up a prostitute on 15 July, pretending to be an undercover officer.

The woman told the authorities that Mr Zuberi aimed a Taser at her and put her in handcuffs and leg irons before placing her in the back of his vehicle, according to KPTV.

The victim said that Mr Zuberi sexually assaulted her several times during the 450-mile drive from Seattle to Klamath Falls, a journey estimated to take about seven-and-a-half hours.

After arriving at his home, the suspect allegedly placed the victim in the makeshift cinderblock cell in the garage.

The Assistant Special Agent in Charge at the FBI Portland Field Office, Stephanie Shark, told KPTV that the legal complaint states that the “woman was kidnapped, chained, sexually assaulted, and locked in a cinderblock cell. Police say she beat the door with her hands until they were bloody in order to break free. Her quick thinking and will to survive may have saved other women from a similar nightmare”.

Negasi Zuberi has been arrested after a woman escaped a makeshift cell in his house

The entrance to the cell in the garage in the home in Klamath Falls

Mr Zuberi fled after the woman managed to get away. He was detained in Reno – more than four hours from Klamath Falls.

The makeshift cell constructed using cinderblocks in the garage in the home in Klamath Falls

The inside of the cell where the woman was detained by the 29-year-old

The FBI has stated that since Mr Zuberi has resided in more than 10 states since 2016 – including California, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Utah, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Alabama, and Nevada – the investigation is expanding to search for further victims.

The home where the woman was held

Those with information are urged to visit fbi.gov/SakimaVictims or call 1-800-CALL-FBI to provide tips. The FBI Portland Field Office can be reached at (503) 224-4181.

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