West Linn police accuse Portland man of stalking 275 women

Suspect allegedly kept a detailed notebook with their names, descriptions
by: SUBMITTED PHOTO, Timothy Allen Cole was arrested in West Linn Friday, charged with stalking and failing to register as a sex offender.

A Portland man who allegedly had been stalking 275 women at area shopping centers was arrested in Tigard Friday.

When Timothy Allen Cole, 34, was stopped for a traffic violation Monday, he allegedly had been following one of the women to her home in West Linn. Officer Dustin Davis of the West Linn Police Department seized a notebook that contained detailed profiling information on the women Cole had been watching.

'(Cole) was sitting in the parking lots of shopping malls and watching people come out,' said West Linn Sgt. Neil Hennelly. 'He was writing physical descriptions of the women's body parts along with other information and their license (plate) numbers.'

Cole was initially charged with one count of stalking and one count of failing to register as a sex offender. He was booked into the Clackamas County Jail on $15,000 bail. Police Friday were trying to contact the other 274 women listed in the notebook.

For the complete story, see the July 13 issue of the West Linn Tidings.