Home invasion survivor aids search for attacker
Crimestoppers offers $1,000 reward for information
A 46-year-old Beaverton mother and her two young children experience fear every time they walk into their Southwest Alice Lane condominium.
They have an even harder time getting to sleep at night.
The woman sleeps with a wooden dowel within reach. Her 7-year-old son wakes up in the night feeling like there's a 'nightmare on top' of his blanket or a man's hand on his shoulder. Her 9-year-old daughter is terrified to be back in her home.
'My 7- and 9-year-old should be worried about whether they're having a play date on the weekend not if everybody is going to be safe tonight,' said the Beaverton mother, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of her family's safety.
It's been nearly a month since the woman was startled awake and brutally attacked in her bedroom Dec. 15 by a strange man who snuck into her home via an unlocked sliding door shortly after 5:45 a.m.
The man responsible for the nightmare her family is living with remains at large and a threat to others.
'We have to get him off the streets,' she told a room of reporters Tuesday. 'This type of criminal only gets worse.
'I don't want this to happen to any other family.'
By sharing her story, she hopes someone will step forward with information leading to her attacker's arrest.
While Crimestoppers offers a reward for up to $1,000 for information, the woman focuses on making her home safe again for her family.
'He's not going to take my life from me,' she said.
When she thinks about what her son witnessed that morning as he lay next to her in bed, she is filled with rage.
The suspect, who never said a word, attempted to hold the woman down as he punched her repeatedly in the face.
'This guy reached over my son to do this to me,' she recalled. 'My son saw this happen.
'He opened his eyes, and started screaming, 'Stop it! Stop hurting her!' He tried to help me. He tried to protect me. No 7-year-old should be put in that position.'
She believes her attacker may have fled the scene because she fought back and was not alone.
The fact that he got into and out of her home without knocking things over in the dark makes her think he was familiar with its setup and that the attack was 'methodical' and planned, not random as initially believed.
What he didn't count on was the woman's bright second-grader, who provided police with a detailed description of the man who hurt his mother.
He described the stranger as either an Asian or Hispanic man with a small nose and pockmarked skin on his face. He also wore a black leather jacket with spikes on it.
Those clues may be the key needed to apprehend and identify the man. To accomplish that goal, Beaverton police need the public's help.
'It's possible the suspect lives in the area and someone may recognize him as someone they know or are familiar with,' said Sgt. Paul Wandell, Beaverton police spokesman.
Detectives are asking anyone with information about the attack or who may recognize the man in the sketch, to call 503-629-0111.