Woman assaulted, stabbed in downtown Portland

Attack happened near SW 12th Ave and Main Street

Police secure a crime scene for detectives following a sexual assault in downtown Portland.
Police secure a crime scene for detectives following a sexual assault in downtown Portland.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Police are searching for a suspect who sexually assaulted a woman, stabbed her with a knife and hit her with a handgun early Tuesday.

It happened just before 4 a.m. in the area of SW 12th Avenue and Main Street.

Officers arrived on the scene and found the woman with stab wounds according to Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson.

She was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The victim told police she was walking near the southwest corner of 12th and Main when the suspect grabbed her from behind and pulled her into the bushes.

After that, she said, the suspect sexually assaulted her, cut her with a knife and hit her with a handgun, police said. She was reportedly able to get away and run several blocks before finding someone to call 911. Officers didn’t locate the suspect.

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The suspect is described as a light-skinned African American man, 5’7″ with a skinny build. His age is unknown. He was wearing a white T-shirt, black athletic shorts, black and white shoes and something like a towel or bandana on his head, police said.

Simpson says Tuesday’s attack does not appear to be related to an attack that happened Friday. In that case, a woman was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and shot.

The suspect in that case, Anthony David Stone, has not been caught. Detectives will continue to investigate but can’t rule anything in or out at this point, Simpson said.

“These incredibly awful situations — 2 in less than a week — are a stark reminder of the dangers that exist,” Simpson said.

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