Repeat downtown sexual assault suspect arrested

The suspect attempted to sexually assault 2 different women

A suspect wanted for allegedly following women into elevators and attempting to sexually assault them was caught on surveillance video. (Courtesy of PPB)
A suspect wanted for allegedly following women into elevators and attempting to sexually assault them was caught on surveillance video. (Courtesy of PPB)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland Police arrested a man Saturday who allegedly attempted to sexually assault 2 women in downtown Portland elevators on separate occasions in October.

Jeffrey Lane, 38, was lodged in Multnomah County Jail on charges of first-degree kidnap, first-degree attempted sodomy, first-degree attempted sexual assault and third-degree theft.

Jeffrey Lane was arrested Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, for allegedly attempting multiple sexual assaults in October in Downtown Portland (MCSO)

The first incident happened on October 18 around 10:30 a.m. when the man followed a woman into an elevator in the 500 block of SW 5th Avenue and threatened her. Police said the man stood close her and threatened to sexually assault her but she managed to force him out of the elevator.

Then on October 27 at 8:49 p.m. in the 700 block of SW Morrison Street, a man followed a woman into an elevator. Police said he threatened to hurt her if she didn’t do what he said but released her when another person saw him.

“Nobody should have to go through what these two women went through,” Sgt. Chris Burley said.

Police believe there could’ve been more victims than they knew about.

“No matter if it’s in an elevator or some place else that is secluded, really be aware of where you’re at,” Burley said.