PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A man who has reportedly been approaching women in Portland has been arrested
Jerry Johnson, 44, is charged with sex abuse in the third degree after he allegedly kissed a woman at OMSI and approached several other women in Southeast Portland in a sexual manner.
Portland Police said public information led to Johnson’s arrest. He was taken into custody at his home in Northwest Portland late Friday night. Police said Johnson was in fact working as a security guard, but quit July 17 due to “intense public scrutiny.”
PPB Sgt. Pete Simpson said Johnson was a working security guard for some company, but it’s unclear if he was on duty at the time of the assaults. The van belonged to his wife, Simpson said.
Johnson is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.
Thursday, two women reported being approached by a man claiming to be a security guard. One woman said July 12, she left work at OMSI, was “hit on” but not followed.
In another incident July 12, a woman said she was was driving northbound on Milwaukie Avenue and stopped in the left turn lane for westbound Powell Boulevard. She told police that the suspect pulled up to the light on the right side of her vehicle, engaged her in conversation and asked if she was interested in “hooking up.”
She told police that she politely declined, the light turned green and she drove away.
In two previous reports, an OMSI volunteer said a man matching Johnson’s description approached her, made suggestive comments, then hugged and kissed her.
Two days later, a man who police also now suspect to be Johnson approached a woman at SE Clinton and Milwaukie and asked her to pull down a side street.
All of the women reported a man who claimed to work as a security guard near OMSI and the Tillikum Crossing bridge and drives a dark blue or black minivan with the word “Security” taped to the door.
Relief from residents
“It certainly makes me feel better after hearing about it,” said Courtney Peters.
“I wouldn’t want to be walking around here knowing something like that was going on,” she said.