Sexual Assault Suspect Arrested Wednesday Morning (Photo)

September 12, 2018 16:10


The suspect was taken into custody in the 2700 block of southeast 15th Avenue.

The Police Bureau regrets this error.



On Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at 12:52 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a burglary and assault at a residence in the 2900 block of Southeast 17th Avenue.

Officers arrived at the location and learned the residents of the location had fought off the suspect until he eventually fled from the home. A description of the suspect was gathered by the provided to responding officers. As officers searched the neighborhood, they located a man that matched the suspect's description near 2700 block of Southeast 15th Avenue. Officers took the suspect was taken into custody without incident.

Based on preliminary information, investigators believe the suspect entered the residence through an unlocked exterior door. At the time the suspect entered the home, both residents were sleeping. During the attack, another resident of the location was awoken and found the suspect attacking the victim. The victim and resident fought back and the suspect left the residence. Once the victim and resident were in a secure location in the home and contacted 9-1-1.

Members with the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Sex Crimes Unit responded to lead the investigation.

The suspect was identified as 30-year-old Joseph W. Green Jr. Green was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Assault in the Fourth Degree, Strangulation, Rape in the First Degree, and Burglary in the First Degree.

Due to the sensitive nature of the investigation, no additional information will be released in this case.

Anyone with information about Green is asked to contact Detective Michael Bledsoe at 503-823-0836, or Detective Ryan Foote at 503-823-0323 or

The Portland Police Bureau collaborates with government agencies and community organizations that provide access to advocacy services to victims of sexual assaults.

A victim may be accompanied by a sexual assault advocate or other appropriate support person during the reporting process and/or criminal investigation.

Multnomah County Victims' Assistance Program: Provides support during the reporting of sexual assaults and referrals to victim services and resources: 503-988-3270.

Call to Safety (formerly the Portland Women's Crisis Line): Provides access to advocacy services, including confidential peer support, information and referrals to community resources. 24 hour crisis line: 503-235-5333, 1-888-235-5333, or

Project UNICA (Proyecto UNICA): Provides access to advocacy services for Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic and sexual violence. 24 hour crisis line: 503-232-4448, or 1-888-232-4448.

Additionally, the Portland Police Bureau Strength programs provide free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops to people around the Portland area.

To learn more information about these programs, call 503-823-0260 or visit



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