February 15, 2023 12:02
Over the previous several weeks, Detectives with the Major Crimes Unit have been investigating a series of stranger assaults concentrated in the area of Southeast 10th Avenue and Southeast Belmont Street, in the Central Eastside District. Based on the evidence gathered by Detectives, they determined there to be at least four incidents, spanning from January 12, 2023, to February 7, 2023, that were all perpetrated by the same suspect. Three female victims were treated at local hospitals for their injuries. Their injuries were non-life-threatening. A fourth victim escaped uninjured.
After an exhaustive investigation that included several surveillance missions, Detectives were able to identify the suspect as 27-year-old Christopher Luchini, of Portland. Investigators determined Luchini was an employee of a local grocery store, and on the evening of February 14, 2023, the Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) assisted in taking Luchini into custody while he was at work. Following Luchini's arrest, a search warrant was served on Luchini's property and evidence connecting him to the assaults was located.
Christopher Luchini was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center and charged with Assault in the Second Degree (three counts), Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon (four counts).
Based on their investigation, Detectives believe Luchini was primarily targeting women in the Central Eastside area with an edged weapon used for slashing. Circumstances suggest to Detectives that there are likely additional victims who have not yet reported their assault to police.
Investigators with Portland's Major Crime Unit urge anyone who believes they were assaulted by Christopher Luchini, or anyone who believes they have information about such an assault, to contact Detective Carlos Ibarra at email@example.com or (503)823-3333.
Christopher Luchini is a white male with brown eyes and brown hair. He stands 6'0" tall and weighs approximately 150 lbs. At the time of his arrest, Luchini had a full beard and mustache, and shoulder length hair.
Photograph: Christopher Luchini
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