UPDATE: Portland Police Investigating Possible Assault Near Washington Park

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December 16, 2011 10:55


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Last night, Portland Police Sexual Assault Detectives interviewed the woman found yesterday on the hillside below the archery range and Washington Park Zoo Railroad, toward Highway 26.

29-year-old Stephanie Brown of Newberg, Oregon, initially claimed that she was in Portland to meet someone to turn over $1,500 that was raised in a September fundraiser by a medieval re-enactment group AMTGARD. Brown told detectives that she is the former treasurer of the group, which does live action role play.

Brown told detectives that she was kidnapped by a stranger and taken to the remote location where she was sexually assaulted and left alone. When officers found her, they noted a plastic zip tie on her wrist and a condom wrapper on the ground.

Detectives noted that Brown had very little detail about the attacker or how the assault occurred and she finally told detectives that she made the whole story up to hide the fact that she'd spent the $1,500. Brown told detectives that she brought the zip tie and condom wrapper with her and made the 9-1-1 call herself.

Detectives will present the case to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for consideration and possible follow-up with the non-profit, which is not located in Portland.



This afternoon, Thursday December 15, 2011, at 2:10 p.m., the Bureau of Emergency Communication (BOEC) received a 9-1-1 call from a female crying saying something about being near the archery range in Washington Park. She was unable to provide specific details of where she was located. BOEC contacted the cell phone company to get a better location of the phone and they were able to narrow her location down to near Highway 26 at the Southwest Jefferson ramp.

Officers began canvassing the area and more than an hour after the initial call, officers located an adult female on the hillside below the archery range and Washington Park Zoo Railroad, towards Highway 26.

Portland Fire & Rescue responded to assist getting the woman medical attention. The womans injuries are not life threatening.

At this point, detectives have been called to investigate the circumstances leading to her ending up in this remote location.

No additional information can be released at this time due to the ongoing investigation.


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