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Transient tagged for Westmoreland assault

by: MCDC photo Police accuse this man, 29-year-old transient Jon Barry Ruby, reportedly of Milwaukie, in the Westmoreland assault.

The normally-quiet Westmoreland neighborhood witnessed a massing of police presence on Tuesday, May 3, after a resident reported an assault and burglary that morning.

'Officers learned that a sexual assault took place at a residence in the area of S.E. 18th Avenue and Rex Street approximately 6:30 am,' reported Portland Police Bureau Public Information Officer Sgt. Peter Simpson.

'Officers arrived and contacted the victim, a 48-year-old female, who reported that she woke up to find a stranger in her house and that the stranger then sexually assaulted her,' Simpson continued. 'After the suspect fled the residence, the victim went to a friend's residence to call 9-1-1.'

Although officers, detectives from the Sexual Assault Detail, and Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division responded to the scene, they couldn't locate the suspect, described as a white male, 6'01", with slender build and long dark hair to the middle of his back, wearing blue jeans and a white T-shirt.

But, before noon the following day, officials had apprehended a suspect.

'With the assistance of Milwaukie Police, Portland Police Bureau detectives arrested 29-year-old Jon Barry Ruby in connection with the burglary and sexual assault,' Simpson said. 'Ruby is a transient, but frequents the area of S.E. 43rd Avenue and Roswell Street in Milwaukie, which is where he was found.'

Undisclosed evidence left at the crime scene by Ruby led detectives to his identity and arrest, Simpson revealed. 'Ruby has been charged with Rape in the First Degree, Sodomy in the First Degree, and Burglary in the First Degree, and will be booked into the Multnomah County Jail.'

Ruby reportedly was in the habit of traveling to the Westmoreland area on 'garbage day' each week to root through residents' trash and recycling.

As of late May, the suspect remained in custody at the Multnomah County Detention Center, with bail set at $500,000, charged with those three crimes.