Hospitalized woman reports brutal attack

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center as seen Sept. 5, 2013. (KOIN 6 News)
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center as seen Sept. 5, 2013. (KOIN 6 News)

BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — A woman being treated at a Beaverton-area hospital Monday reportedly told police her injuries came from a stranger assault and rape Monday morning in a Beaverton nature park.

A Beaverton officer responded to the hospital around 2 p.m. Monday, according to the Beaverton Police Department. According to police, the 41-year-old female victim told the officer she had been attacked around 10:30 a.m. in the Tualatin Hills Nature Park off of SW Millikan.

Patricia Martin and her daughter Staci walk at this Nature Park two or three times a week.

“You wouldn’t think of something like that here in Beaverton,” said Patricia Martin.

But word of an alleged sexual assault — in broad daylight — has them concerned.

“It’s shocking,” said Staci Martin. “I always thought this was a really nice neighborhood.”

On Tuesday the  Beaverton Police Department sent out the following in a news release:

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FILE – One of the exterior Emergency Room signs at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center as seen Sept. 5, 2013. (KOIN 6 News)

“The victim stated she had gotten off MAX and was not sure exactly where she entered the park. She had been walking in the park for approximately 15 to 20 minutes when she was attacked from behind.

“The victim stated that the suspect had struck her several times in the face and pulled her off the trail into a wooded area. The victim stated that she believed that she had been raped by the suspect.”

The Beaverton Police release states “The victim never saw the suspect’s face, but was able to describe him as a Hispanic adult male, clean shaven and approximately 5-feet-7 and 300 pounds.”

Beaverton police department and Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation security searched the park for evidence of the attack and the suspect.

“We were unable to locate anything that would assist in this investigation at this time,” according to the release.

Nonetheless, security patrols at the Nature Park have been increased, according to police.

At this point the Beaverton Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in gathering any information that might assist in this investigation.

“We also want to make sure that the public is aware of this reported incident and take[s] the appropriate actions to stay safe while in remote areas,” the release states.

The Beaverton Police Department offered the following safety tips:

  1. Try to avoid walking alone in remote areas
  2. Have your house or car keys in hand, because this can be used as a defensive weapon
  3. Have your cell phone in a location that you can easily access
  4. If you are attacked, scream as loud and as often as you can as you attempt to get away

“Usually my biggest fear are the snakes crawling on the path; that’s it,” said Patricia Martin. “You don’t think twice to look behind you, or at who’s around you. But I guess we need to, right?”

Anyone with related information is asked to call the Beaverton Police Department at 503.629.0111.

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