PORTLAND, Oregon - Police are investigating two incidents of stranger-to-stranger sex abuse in Portland.
On February 21, 2016, at approximately 8:00 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to a St. Johns Neighborhood home on the report that a woman was grabbed by a stranger as she walked her dog near the St. Johns Community Center, located at 8427 North Central Street.
The 25-year-old female victim told police that she was walking her dog along Central Street when she felt someone grab her buttocks, then reach around the front of her, grabbing at the front of her pants. The victim told police that she swung her arms wildly and screamed as she pushed the suspect away from her.
The victim told police that the suspect ran through St. Johns City Park and out of sight. The victim told police that just prior to the attack, she remembered seeing a small silver Hyundai or Honda being driven by her very slowly and turn onto a side street. The victim is unsure if the vehicle and the suspect are connected.
The victim described the suspect as an unknown race male with darker-colored skin (victim unsure if he was African American, Hispanic, or just very tan), 6'1" tall, 170 pounds, wearing gray, clean clothing.
On February 23, 2016, at approximately 8:00 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report that a man grabbed a woman's buttocks at Southeast 36th Avenue and Clinton Street.
Officers arrived in the area and spoke with the 33-year-old female victim who told police that she was riding her bicycle eastbound on Clinton Street when she saw a man on the southeast corner of 36th and Clinton openly masturbating.
The victim told police that as she rode by, the man ran into the street and grabbed her buttocks. The victim yelled at the suspect and kept riding eastbound to get away from the suspect, who ran southbound on 36th Avenue.
The victim described the suspect as a male, approximately 5'10" tall, medium build, with short, dark hair. The victim believed that the suspect might be Middle Eastern based on his appearance.
These two incidents are more than 10 miles apart and police have not determined if they are related to one another.
Anyone with information, including neighborhood surveillance images of the suspect, is asked to call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333.
Anyone seeing this type of behavior is asked to immediately call 9-1-1 so that police can respond and take a report and search the neighborhood for the suspect.
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