Homeless man tries to grab baby at Beaverton apartment

The incident happened on July 11 at the Beaver Creek Apartments

A sketch of the man accused of grabbing a baby in Beaverton. (Beaverton Police)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Beaverton Police are searching for a homeless man who grabbed the arm of a baby last month.

Officers responded to the Beaver Creek Apartments on July 11 after a man, dirty in appearance and pushing a shopping cart, approached a mother, Gilma Mateas, and said he wanted her 1-year-old baby Sharon. Other children were playing in the area as well.

The homeless man continued to approach Gilma Mateas and her 1-year-old daughter after she told him he couldn’t hold her baby, Aug. 9, 2017. (KOIN)

Mateas said the man told her he loved babies. However, when she told him no in Spanish, he either didn’t understand or didn’t listen and kept approaching them. Mateas turned away to block the man from getting too close to her baby, but still said he managed to touch or tug on Sharon’s arm.

Fortunately, a maintenance worker intervened, which caused the man to leave the area. The maintenance worker ended up chasing the man in order to get a better view of what he looked like.

He is described as white, 30-35 years old, between 5-foot-6 and 8 inches tall, thin build with dark brown hair and lighter eyes and missing upper teeth.

While her daughter was not harmed, the situation has left Mateas frightened and emotional

Officer Mike Rowe said it’s unclear why the man wanted to hold the child, but said it’s an isolated incident.

If you have seen this man, call Beaverton Police at (503) 629-0111 and reference case number 17-1921057.