Crime Stoppers Featured Case #14-08 Grant Park Sexual Assault

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February 03, 2014 14:10

  

The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help in locating in identifying a sexual assault suspect.

On Tuesday January 28, 2014, at 8:30 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to a residence in Northeast Portland's Grant Park neighborhood on the report of a sexual assault.

The victim, a 22-year-old woman, told officers that at approximately 7:00 p.m., she'd been out walking on Northeast 36th Avenue, passing Grant High School when a man pulled up in a vehicle and stopped. The victim told police that the man got out of the vehicle, grabbed her, slammed her face into the side of the truck and drug her into the North end of Grant Park and sexually assaulted her.

The victim told police that the suspect ran away and the victim walked back to her house and called 9-1-1. The victim was later treated at a Portland hospital.

The suspect is described as a light or tan-skinned male in his 20s, 5'7" tall, large dark eyebrows, a thin scar from his upper lip to cheek, and unshaven, wearing baggy blue jeans and a baseball cap. He was driving a white or light-colored Chevy Tahoe or Blazer SUV.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind community members that stranger-to-strangers sexual assaults fortunately are a rare occurrence and the Bureau makes every attempt to share this information as soon as practicable. The decision of when to inform the public is carefully balanced against the needs of the investigation, as the top priority is to solve the case.

In this case, detectives immediately began conducting an investigation into this report and several hours after the initial report they learned of a possible suspect vehicle located unoccupied elsewhere in Northeast Portland. Further investigation revealed the identity of a person associated with the vehicle. Detectives served a search warrant related to this possible suspect information but ultimately determined that the vehicle and associated person are not connected to the sexual assault. Once these investigative needs were complete and detectives believed that this person was not the suspect, information was shared publicly about the sexual assault.

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 GirlStrength 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 incident is asked to call Detective Katie Manus at (503) 823-3774 or katie.manus@portlandoregon.gov.


Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be submitted in English, Spanish or French.

Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

Media Inquiries:
Det. Katie Manus
Portland Police Bureau
(503) 823-3774
katie.manus@portlandoregon.gov

Crime Stoppers Coordinator:
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Portland Police Bureau
(503) 823-0830
peter.simpson@portlandoregon.gov

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Media Relations:
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Peter.Simpson@portlandoregon.gov
Desk: 503-823-0830
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