19-year-old Gresham woman attacked by stranger

Letters sent to parents at 3 local schools informing them of incident

A Gresham police car, file. (KOIN)

GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) — Police are looking for a man accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman who was walking home from work Wednesday morning.

The woman told investigators she was walking on the 2800 block of SE Powell Valley Road around 4 a.m. when a man with a gun approached her, began talking to her and attacked her, according to Gresham Police Dept.

She described the suspect as a 5’1″ thin white man in his early to mid-20s, clean-shaven with light eyes and short blonde hair. He was reportedly wearing dark clothes, black tennis shoes and may have red-colored “markings” on his hands.

“The stranger aspect is what bothers people most, and rightfully so,” John Rasmussen with Gresham PD said. “At the same time, they are very rare.”

Parents at Powell Valley Elementary, Gordon Russell Middle School and Sam Barlow High School received a letter Thursday about the incident and that urged them to contact local authorities if they have any information on the suspect’s identity.

“Staff members are aware of the incident and continue to maintain a high level of safety for our students and staff,” the letters state. “Please remind your students when they are out in the community to be aware of their surroundings, to not talk with people they don’t know and to be visible.”

Anyone who believes they know the identity of the suspect or has information pertinent to the case is asked to call Detective Scott Hogan at 503.618.3141.