SECOND UPDATE: PPB Arrests Sex Assault Suspect After Tips from the Public

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March 21, 2019 19:50


After quick and detailed coverage in the local media about this case, Portland Police Bureau Child Abuse Team Detectives received a number of tips from the public identifying the suspect. Officers located the suspect and arrested him in the 3300 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard. The suspect confessed to the crimes in an interview with the detectives.

The suspect was identified as Dontai D. Howe, a 30 year-old male. He will be lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Sodomy 1 and Sex Abuse 1.

"Thanks to the local media for circulating the suspect photograph and to the public for the numerous tips identifying this suspect," said Chief Danielle Outlaw, "This is a great example of how we work together to hold accountable those who prey upon the most vulnerable."



UPDATE: Further Information about Incident of Child Sex Assault

The reported child sex assault occurred Sunday, March 17, 2019, at about 3:20 p.m., in a restroom at the Pioneer Place Mall located at 340 SW Morrison Street. The victim is a six year old boy. Investigators are very interested in hearing from anyone who may know the identity of the suspect or who may have witnessed something connected to this crime.



PPB Seeks Public's Help Identifying Suspect in Child Sex Assault Case

The Portland Police Bureau is publishing a photograph in the hopes that the public can help identify the suspect in a child sex assault case. If anyone has information about the suspect's identity, please contact Detective Steve Gandy at (503) 823-0185 or at



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