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Assailant sought in attack reported near Lewis and Clark College

by: , A Portland Police artist’s drawing of the alleged attacker near Lewis and Clark College on December 3rd.

On Monday, December 3, in the noon hour, Central Precinct officers were dispatched to Lewis and Clark College at 0615 Southwest Palatine Hill Road, just across the Willamette River from Sellwood, on the report of an abduction attempt.

Officers interviewed the female adult victim, who stated she was walking from class along a path when she was approached by the suspect. The suspect asked the victim a question, and when the victim stopped to answer, she was grabbed and violently dragged down a path. The victim was able to break free and run down to Highway 43, south of the Sellwood Bridge, where she flagged down a motorist.

With the assistance of a police K-9 and the Sexual Assault Detectives, officers set up a perimeter - but after a two-hour search of the campus and surrounding areas, the suspect was not found.

The victim described her attacker as a white male, 40-45 years of age, 6'0"-6'2" tall, medium build, wearing a black fedora-type hat, and black trench coat. He was described as wearing a gray scarf over his face with only his eyes showing.

The victim was not physically injured, but was obviously traumatized by the attack. The victim is a Lewis and Clark College student; her identity will not be released.

The exact location is best described as on the footbridge near the Estate Gardens, and the path victim was dragged along ended near the tennis courts.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Maury Mudrick at 503/823-0894, or Detective Sue Fachini at 503/823-0885.