Police: Stranger offers ride, sexually assaults woman

Dominique R. Gonzales, 23, was charged with rape and kidnapping

Dominique R. Gonzales, 23, was arrested and charged at Multnomah County Jail for first-degree rape and kidnapping. (Courtesy: PPB)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A woman who was walking in the pouring rain Thursday morning was sexually assaulted by a man who offered her a ride home, Portland police said.

Police said the suspect, Dominique R. Gonzales, 23, was arrested and charged at Multnomah County Jail for first-degree rape and kidnapping. He did not know the woman.

“It’s an uncommon occurrence to have stranger on stranger,” Sgt. Chris Burley said.

The attack happened around 4 a.m. near NE 82nd and the I-84 flyover. The victim got out of the car at Rocky Butte and called 911. She was taken to the hospital for treatment.

“My understanding is she got in the car because of a tremendous amount of rain that was coming down,” Burley said. “Once in the car, this man threatened to harm her and assaulted her.”

Thanks to a detailed description of the suspect’s car, police were able to track down and arrest Gonzales.

Gonzales previously faced misdemeanor charges for harassment, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in May 2016, criminal trespass in December 2016 and interferring with a peace officer, resisting arrest and criminal trespass in March 2017.

Anyone with information about Gonzales is asked to contact Detective Michael Bledsoe at 503-823-0836 or Michael.Bledsoe@portlandoregon.gov