Tualatin man arrested for groping women
A Tualatin man was arrested after he allegedly groped women in an apartment complex near King City, and officials believe the man may have additional victims.
Ian Joseph Billow, 28, was arrested on Sunday after Washington County sheriffs deputies and Tualatin police officers responded to separate complaints of inappropriate touching at Avalon Park Apartments near King City and Atfaliti Park in Tualatin.
Deputies arrived at an apartment complex, located at 17000 S.W. Pacific Highway, to investigate a suspicious person complaint at noon on Sunday. A sales associate at the complex told police a man had visited the leasing office previously, on Nov. 3 and Nov. 8, and had groped her and another female employee as they gave him tours of the premises. The sales associate alleged Billow feigned interest in renting a unit so he could inappropriately touch female employees.
According to the woman, the employees took him on tours using a golf cart. As the man got into the cart, he would place his hand on the driver's seat as the victim was sitting down. The victim would sit on his hand and he would apologize, saying it was an accident.
On another occassion, deputies say the man pretended to trip while walking behind a woman up a flight of stairs. The man fell face-first onto the woman's buttocks, and reportedly lingered there for a few seconds.
One of the victims recognized Billow when he returned to the office on Sunday, asking for another tour. The woman told him to leave and called the Sheriffs Office.
Billow was arrested about six miles away at Atfali Park, 6898 S.W. Wampanoag Drive, after Tualatin Police received a complaint regarding a man matching Billows description. A female jogger told authorities that the man had attempted to grope her in the park.
A dispatcher at the Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency recognized that the two suspects shared a similar description and alerted deputies.
Billows is lodged in the Washington County Jail on charges of sex abuse, harassment and attempt to commit a crime.
The Sheriffs Office is concerned Billow may have behaved inappropriately with other victims and asks anyone with information about these crimes to contact them at 503-629-0111.JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT