Public Alert: Additional Reports of Suspicious Subject Approaching Women in Lower Southeast Portland

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July 17, 2014 15:55

  

On Wednesday July 16, 2014, the Portland Police Bureau released information about a suspicious subject approaching two different women in Southeast Portland.

After seeing media reports, two additional women have contacted police with similar incidents to report.

The new reports stem from incidents on Saturday July 12, 2014.

The first new incident occurred at approximately 7:00 p.m., outside OMSI. The victim reported to police that she was left work at OMSI and was walking to the streetcar when she saw a dark-colored security van parked in the OMSI lot, with a security guard lingering by the vehicle. The victim told police that it seemed obvious that the man was a security guard but she was certain he did not work at OMSI.

The victim told police that the security guard spoke to her and was "hitting on" her while he was on duty. The victim continued walking and the man did not follow her.

The victim told police that the suspect was an African American male in his 40s, shorter, short hair, wearing a dark blue uniform. The victim told police that the van was a dark-colored van with some kind of writing on the side.

The second new incident occurred at approximately 9:00 p.m., at Southeast Milwaukie Avenue and Powell Boulevard.

The victim told police she was driving northbound on Milwaukie Avenue, stopped in the left turn lane for westbound Powell Boulevard. The victim told police that the suspect pulled up to the light on the right side of her vehicle and asked engaged her in conversation and asked if she was interested in "hooking up." The victim told police that she politely declined, the light turned green and she drove away.

The victim described the suspect as an African American male, 30 to 40 years old, shaved head, odd-shaped goatee, sideburns, a round face, very white teeth, wearing a navy blue button down shirt with a white t-shirt underneath, and a yellow or green neon jacket with white reflectors.

The victim told police that the van was a dark blue or black minivan, dark interior, with dents on the driver's side door (as if someone kicked it), with a white piece of printed paper that said "SECURITY" taped to the door.

These two new reports are in addition to the initial two reports on Saturday July 12, and Monday July 14.

The first incident occurred on Saturday July 12, at approximately 3:00 p.m., when the suspect approached a volunteer at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), located at 1945 Southeast Water Avenue. The suspect made suggestive comments to her, hugged her and kissed her while she was trying to pull herself away from him.

The second report, on Monday July 14, was made at Southeast Clinton Street and Milwaukie Avenue. The reporting party described being approached by the suspect asking her to pull down a side street.

Officers conducing following-up contacted construction workers on the Tillikum Crossing project who told police that they have seen the van in the area.

The suspect claims to be a security guard in the area of OMSI and the new Tillikum Crossing bridge over the Willamette River.

Anyone seeing this vehicle or with information about the suspect is asked to call the police non-emergency line at (503) 823-3333.

Anyone personally encountering the suspect should immediately call 9-1-1.

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