DNA Match Leads to the ID of a Suspect in a September Sexual Assault in the Lower Southeast Industrial Area

November 28, 2013 05:30

  

Portland Police Bureau Sex Crimes Unit detectives have charged 33-year-old James Ezell Clark with multiple felony crimes in connection with a September 2013 sexual assault in Southeast Portland.

Clark was charged with Kidnapping in the First Degree, Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree, Sex Abuse in the First Degree, Unauthorized Use of Vehicle, Strangulation, and Fail to Register as a Sex Offender (Felony).

Clark was arrested on Tuesday November 26, 2013, by the US Marshals Oregon Fugitive Task Force for an outstanding parole violation. Today, detectives continued their work and added the additional charges. Clark will be arraigned on Friday in Multnomah County Court.

This investigation began on September 18, 2013, at 3:16 a.m., when Central Precinct officers responded to the area of Southeast 3rd Avenue and Main Street on the report of a sexual assault.

Officers arrived and contacted the victim, a 19-year-old female, who told police that she was sleeping in her friend's car in the area of Southwest 2nd Avenue and Oak Street. The victim told police that she woke-up with a stranger sexually assaulting her in her friend's car. It is not clear how the victim and vehicle got from Downtown to the Lower Southeast side. The suspect fled the area.

The same day, the victim received a complete sexual assault examination at a Portland hospital which was key to obtaining critical evidence in the case which was submitted to the Oregon State Police Crime Lab for analysis,

Ultimately, DNA was used to identify Clark as the suspect in this case. Clark is a Registered Sex Offender in Oregon after a 2002 conviction for Rape in the First Degree.

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

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Jason Christensen at (503) 823-0400.

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