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Speeding stop helps nab harassment suspect

Portland man followed teen down Buxton Street in Troutdale Wednesday

TROUTDALE - A 27-year-old Portland man faces harassment charges after he followed an 18-year-old woman up Troutdale's Buxton Street on Wednesday afternoon, inviting her to 'party with him' and, at one point, grabbing and kissing her hand.

Erislandy Fernandez Sanchez was arraigned Thursday, July 6, on one count each of harassment and attempted harassment and is being held at the Multnomah County Detention Center. Bail is set at $21,500.

The suspect, who had his girlfriend's 2-year-old son in the car with him at the time, was taken into custody by two Troutdale police offers after he allegedly followed and grabbed the victim, who was walking home near the 600 block of Buxton Street shortly after noon.

Troutdale Police Chief David Nelson said the victim had stopped at Plaid Pantry and was walking up Buxton when the suspect pulled over next to her, inviting her to party.

'She said 'no' and tried to walk away,' Nelson said. 'He said his name was Eric and handed her a piece of paper with his name and number. She grabbed it to get rid of him, and he grabbed her arm, pulling her toward the car and kissing her hand. She pulled away from his grasp and took off, and the car took off.'

The victim ran to a nearby home at Sixth and Buxton to borrow a phone and called 9-1-1. By the time Officer Jennifer Goss responded and issued a broadcast, Officer Pam Bailey had pulled Sanchez over for speeding.

The victim identified the car and driver.

Nelson said the child was taken into protective custody for a couple hours, until he could be returned to his mother.