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Foul-smelling kidnapper foiled in rape attempt

Lake Oswego Police seek man following Tuesday evening incident

Lake Oswego Police are searching for a man who dragged a woman into a wooded area off Boones Ferry Road Tuesday night and tried to rape her.

The 22-year-old woman, who was not injured in the attack, provided police with a detailed description of her assailant, one police are hoping will yield results.

The suspect is described as a white male in his late 40s, approximately five feet, five inches tall, weighing roughly 160 pounds. He has collar-length, straight, brown hair, a receding hairline and is balding on the top of his head.

The man was wearing a full, scraggly beard at the time of the attack and was dressed in a green military field jacket, dark pants and white tennis shoes. He was also carrying a full-red backpack and was described as extremely dirty, with very bad body odor and green teeth. The victim told police she also noticed a scar at the base of the man's right thumb.

'It's an unusually accurate description,' said Capt. Mike Hammons of the Lake Oswego Police. 'We're working on getting a composite drawing made with the victim. Then it's just a matter of checking resources and hoping somebody's seen something.'

Hammons said the suspect is presumed to be a transient. He attacked the 22-year-old woman on Washington Court just off Boones Ferry Road at about 9 p.m. Tuesday.

'She was walking up Boones Ferry from the direction of Tualatin,' Hammons said. 'She turned west on Washington Court and said this person came up behind her and said, 'Excuse me.''

Hammons said the woman had been watching a video clip on her cell phone. When she turned, he said, 'the man slapped her across the face, spun her around and then dragged her into the bushes.'

The woman told police she struggled for five to 10 minutes with her attacker before the sound of a police siren scared him away and he fled the scene on foot. Police are considering the struggle a kidnapping.

Anyone with information is asked to call 503-635-0238.