Portland women report sex assaults by strangers

Police did not say if the attacks are connected

A police sketch of one of 3 suspects who attacked a 20-year-old woman on September 18, 2016 (PPB)
A police sketch of one of 3 suspects who attacked a 20-year-old woman on September 18, 2016 (PPB)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two women reported being sexual assaulted over the weekend of Sept. 17 in downtown Portland — one possibly drugged, the other lured away from her car.

“It’s scary. It’s very scary,” said Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson. “Fortunately they don’t happen that often but every time they do, it’s a reminder of the risks out there.”

The first victim, a 23-year-old woman, told police she was with friends at nightclubs in Old Town and the Pearl District Friday night. She said she ordered a drink and shortly after, did not remember anything.

The woman later woke up to a man having sex with her in an unknown residence. That suspect is described as dark-skinned, possibly Middle Eastern, with dark hair. He is 5-feet-7 and 130 pounds. He later drove her to her car in a gold sedan with tan interior.

On the following night, Sept. 18, a 20-year-old woman reported to Portland Police that she had been sexually assaulted by 3 men in the back of a car. The victim had been intoxicated, so her friends put her in the back of a car to sleep.

The woman was lured from the car and driven to NW 16th Ave and Kearney St., where the driver and 2 other men assaulted her. Those suspects are described as men in their 30s of Indian or Middle Eastern descent. They had a newer model blue Honda Accord or Toyota Camry with tinted windows.

The second victim helped create a composite sketch of the suspect who lured her from her car.

Portland Police have not said these assaults are connected, but are looking for any information about the suspects. Police hope someone will come forward with information that will help them catch the attackers.

“Somebody that may have been our Friday or Saturday night seeing this might remember seeing something as they left or going, ‘you know I saw this guy and he was hanging around this girl and it seemed really odd’ something like that might help us,” Simpson said.

People in the area said they are usually careful when it comes to protecting their drinks and themselves,but in the wake of these attacks, will be even more cautious.

“It’s very important to take your drink with you,” one woman said. “You watch the bartender pour your drink you make sure you take it right away and unfortunately if you to, taking it to the bathroom with you is probably your best bet.”

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