Portland Police Arrest Sexual Assault Suspect Who Preyed on Homeless Women

May 03, 2013 13:35

  

Today, Friday May 3, 2013, Portland Police officers arrested 63-year-old Ladell Hill for sexually assaulting two women in Downtown Portland.

This morning, at approximately 6:00 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a sexual assault at Southwest Park Avenue and Columbia Street, where the victim locked herself in a Portland Loo.

Officers arrived and contacted the 22-year-old female victim, who was taken to a Portland hospital for treatment.

During the course of the investigation, officers were able to develop information on a suspect, Ladell Hill, who was later arrested in the area.

Sex Crimes Unit detectives responded to continue the investigation and determined that Hill sexually assaulted a 27-year-old woman approximately three weeks ago in the 100 Block of Southwest 6th Avenue.

Based on these investigations, Hill was charged with Rape in the First Degree and Sodomy in the First Degree and booked into the Multnomah County Jail. He will be arraigned on Monday.

Sex Crimes Unit detectives learned through both investigations that the victims are homeless as is the suspect, Ladell Hill.

Due to the nature of the crimes and the victim's vulnerability due to their living situation, detectives are concerned that there may be additional victims that have not reported a sexual assault.

Anyone with information about either of these cases or any additional cases is asked to contact Detective Heidi Helwig at (503) 823-0581 or Heidi.Helwig@PortlandOregon.gov.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind community members that stranger-to-strangers 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 http://www.portlandonline.com/police/womenstrength.

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