August 13, 2014 02:40
On Tuesday August 12, 2014, Portland Police detectives arrested 18-year-old Alex Francisco-Sebastion in connection with an August 4, 2014 sexual assault and an August 8, 2014 robbery in North Portland's Overlook Neighborhood.
Francisco-Sebastion met with detectives voluntarily on Tuesday morning and, after additional investigation, was arrested by Sex Crimes Unit detectives.
Francisco-Sebastion was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Rape in the First Degree, Sodomy in the First Degree (two counts), Strangulation, Attempted Kidnapping in the First Degree, Robbery in the Second Degree, and Strangulation.
This investigation began on Monday August 4, 2014, at approximately 10:30 p.m., when North Precinct officers responded to the report of a sexual assault that occurred in North Portland's Overlook Neighborhood.
Officers met with the 54-year-old female victim at her home and she told police that she was walking her dogs near the grounds of the Kaiser Permanente offices at North Overlook Street and Kaiser Center Drive, when a suspect approached her, talked with her briefly, then pulled her into the bushes where she was sexually assaulted.
The victim was able to walk home and call 9-1-1. She was treated and released at a Portland hospital.
Several officers, including a Canine Unit, searched the area but did not locate the suspect. Sex Crimes Unit detectives immediately began an investigation.
On Friday August 8, 2014, at 9:30 p.m., a North Precinct officer was flagged down near the Failing Street Pedestrian Bridge over I-5, located at North Failing Street and Maryland Avenue, on the report that a person was robbed of an iPhone.
The victim described the suspect to the officer and stated that the suspect was last seen running eastbound across the bridge.
Officers searched the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description. The officers did, however, track the stolen iPhone to the general area of a residence in the 4700 block of North Kerby Avenue and spoke to several people at the home.
The officer taking the report contacted Sex Crimes Unit detectives late Friday evening and shared information learned from the investigation that helped develop Alex Francisco-Sebastion as a person-of-interest in both cases.
Detectives worked through the weekend to further the investigation, resulting in Tuesday's arrest.
Detectives served search warrants at residences in the 4600 block of North Commercial in connection with this investigation.
Francisco-Sebastion will be arraigned on Wednesday in Multnomah County Court.
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Portland Police Bureau
1111 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 1526
Portland, Oregon 97204