Officers honored for rescue of assault victim


Ten police officers from North Precinct were awarded the Portland Police Bureau's Life Saving Medal Monday for their rescue two months ago of a sexual assault victim who was trapped in a North Portland home.

Awards were presented during a ceremony at the North Precinct to officers Michael Roberts, Josh Kraner, Anthony Zoeller, Joel Ockunzzi, Jessica Brainard, James Townley, Jorge Mendoza, Jeff Elias, James Quackenbush and Sgt. Phil Blanchard.

Portland Police Chief Michael Reese said the officers responded April 30 to an anonymous phone call about a woman being held against her will in a house on North Midway Avenue. Officers went into the house and found the victim in a back bedroom where she had been beaten and sexually assaulted for at least two days.

Police arrested 29-year-old Kip Michael Kawamoto and charged him with first-degree assault, first-degree sodomy, first-degree unlawful sexual penetration and two counts of first-degree kidnapping.

Medical staff and detectives said that the responding officers were able to get the victim the medical treatment she needed that possibly saved her life.