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Man arrested for sexual assasult

Police arrested a sexual assault suspect early Monday morning.

Ronald Steven Pickett, 64, is accused of assaulting a clerk at a Plaid Pantry. He is charged with sodomy in the first degree, sex abuse in the first degree, unlawful sexual penetration in the first degree, kidnapping in the first degree, robbery in the first degree, attempted assault in the first degree, and coercion. Pickett was booked into the Multnomah County Jail and bail is set at $1,525,000.

According to police, at 4:32 a.m. on April 30, Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a sexual assault at the Plaid Pantry located at 735 S.E. 12th Ave. A witness on the phone with 9-1-1 was following the suspect on foot and was providing location updates for officers.

Pickett was located at Southeast 8th Avenue and Taylor Street, where he was taken in to custody. THe was armed with a knife at the time of his arrest.

Officers learned that Pickett entered the store and forced the 20-year-old female employee into the back room at knife point, where he sexually assaulted her. Another customer came into the store, which allowed the victim to escape the back room. Pickett then left the store and was followed by the witness.