Man sentenced for Hillsboro attempted kidnapping, assault
A Washington County man accused of attempted kidnapping and sexual assault in broad daylight in 2017 has been found guilty, according to the Washington County District Attorney's Office.
Aaron Gabriel Zoller was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was found guilty of first-degree kidnapping and first-degree attempted sodomy.
According to prosecutors, Zoller assaulted a 20-year-old woman around 2:30 p.m. on April 26, 2017, as she walked home from work through an apartment complex parking lot in Quatama.
Zoller attempted to force her into his truck, prosecutors allege, but the woman — who did not know Zoller — fought, screamed and caught the attention of witnesses, who were able to give police Zoller's license plate number.
That, along with the woman's detailed reports to Hillsboro Police, were instrumental in the apprehension of Zoller, according to Stephen Mayer, a spokesman with the DA's office.
Zoller was found at his home with blood on his hands and bruising on his knuckles, according to police.
Mayer said the District Attorney's Office would like to acknowledge Detective Pat Brady and Officer Marth Bual of the Hillsboro Police Department for their work on the case."This case reaffirms our mission to protect victims in Washington County and to hold criminals accountable," Senior Deputy District Attorney John Gerhard said after the sentencing.
After his release, Zoller will undergo 10 years' probation and will have to register as a sex offender.