UPDATE: Portland Police Investigating a Sexual Assault in Downtown Portland

UPDATE: Portland Police Investigating a Sexual Assault in Downtown Portland

November 26, 2012 23:09


The Portland Police Bureau is continuing to investigate this morning's sexual assault in Downtown Portland.

The victim, a 27-year-old female Portland State University student, was treated and released from a Portland hospital.

Detectives have learned little new information at this point but do have some additional descriptors of the suspect.

The suspect is described as a white male in his mid-30s, shaggy light brown hair, pronounced cheekbones, and an unshaven face.

Detectives are asking for the public's help in locating the suspect.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Jason Christensen at (5053) 823-0894.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind community members that stranger-to-stranger sexual assaults fortunately are a rare occurrence.

The Portland Police Bureau works with the Sexual Assault Resource Center of Oregon (SARC) and we want you to know that you need not be alone as a survivor of a sexual assault. SARC has a 24-hour support line at (503) 640-5311.

Additionally, the Portland Police Bureau WomenStrength and GirStrength programs provide free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops to people around the Portland area.

To learn more information about WomenStrength and GirlStrength, call (503) 823-0260 or visit www.portlandonline.com/police/womenstrength.



This morning, Monday November 26, 2012, at 3:14 a.m., Portland Police responded to Southwest 10th Avenue and Market Street on the report of a sexual assault.

Officers arrived and contacted the victim, a female adult in her 20s and Portland, and learned that she was walking to her dorm at Portland State University from the area of Southwest 10th Avenue and Yamhill Street. She remembered a man following her and that she was hit over the head, then woke up in an alley behind her dorm at Southwest 10th and Market.

Medical personnel responded and transported her to a Portland hospital for treatment. The victim is a student at Portland State University.

The very limited suspect description is a white male, possibly wearing a dark jacket and jeans. The victim did not know the suspect.

Multiple police officers, including a Police K-9 Unit, have searched the neighborhood but have not located the suspect.

Anyone with information about this sexual assault is asked to call the Portland Police Bureau's Sex Crime Unit at (503) 823-0400. Anyone with emergency information should call 9-1-1.

For media inquiries regarding Portland State University information, please call the PSU Public Information Officer.


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