GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) — Police are working to identify a suspect accused of sexually assaulting a 22-year-old woman along the Springwater Corridor on Friday.
The victim called police from a Walmart on the 3900 block of W Powell Boulevard after the incident around 4:20 p.m., Gresham Police Dept. said.
She recalled riding her bicycle westbound on the trail when her tire went flat. She flagged down a man riding a dark-colored mountain bike to ask for his help changing the tire, police said.
They spoke shortly before the man allegedly threatened to kill the 22-year-old with a knife if she screamed. He then reportedly forced her into a wooded area south of the trail where he sexually assaulted her, according to police.
The suspect is described as a bald, clean shaven white man in his 40s with a medium build, 6′-6’2″ tall, wearing a red jacket, blue jeans and a dark-colored backpack.
Anyone with information about the case should call 503.618.2719.
Gresham police say they currently have 2 officers who patrol the Springwater Corridor, which stretches 21 miles between Boring and Portland.
Now, the city is looking to hire 2 private security guards.
“We are hoping to get 7-day coverage,” Gresham Police Capt. Claudio Grandjean said. “A combination of what security does and with our officers…enhancing that.”
In Gresham, officers are currently stationed in the area between SW Pleasant View Drive and Towle Avenue, and in Portland, the area between SE 82nd and 111th.
Extra patrols will reportedly be paid for through the city’s general fund.
“It’s still not as expensive as paying for police officers,” Capt. Grandjean said.