Sketch released in downtown Portland attack

A forensic sketch of the suspect has been released

A sketch of a suspect in an attack near Providence Park in downtown Portland, Mar. 2016 (PPB)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland Police have released a sketch of a suspect in a downtown assault.

The attack happened near Providence Park at 9:30 in the evening on March 18.

The victim, a 25-year-old woman, told police she saw the suspect standing and peeing on the MAX platform on 18th Ave. The man was yelling things and no one in particular. When she and her friend crossed the street to avoid him, he ran towards her, grabbed her hair and threw her to the ground.

The man hit her head on the ground several times before running away, the woman told police.

The victim was treated for shoulder pain and dizziness at the scene, but later discovered her injuries were more severe than first thought.

The suspect is described as a white or light-skinned African American man about 6 feet tall. He was wearing a dark jacket, brown pants and turquoise shirt. He was seen running northbound on 18th Ave. The victim told police the man may have been high or suffering from a mental health crisis.

Tips should be reported to Detective Todd Prosser at 503.823.0400 or todd.prosser@portlandoregon.gov.

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