Suspected groper arrested in Wilsonville
Man arrested twice in four days for groping womens buttocks
A Tualatin man suspected of groping several women was arrested Sunday and once again Wednesday at his place of business in Wilsonville.
Washington County sheriff's deputies and Tualatin police officers arrested Ian Billow, 28, who is accused of groping three women in a park and in an apartment complex. Investigators are seeking additional victims.
On Sunday, at about noon, deputies responded to a suspicious person call at an apartment complex located at 17000 SW Pacific Highway in unincorporated Washington County. A sales associate at the complex reported that she and another female salesperson had been groped by the same man on two different occasions, and the man had returned.
The victim told deputies that Billow had come to the apartment complex on Nov. 3 and Nov. 8 and told them he was looking to rent an apartment. On both occasions, Billow was given a tour of the complex by different female employees. It was reported that on both occasions, when he got in a golf cart for the tour, he placed his hand on the seat as the victim was sitting down. The victim would sit on his hand, and then he would apologize and play it off as an accident.
According to police, during one of these tours, Billow allegedly pretended to trip as he was walking up a flight of stairs. He was walking behind one of the victims and fell face-first onto her buttocks, lingering there for a few seconds.
The two apartment employee victims exchanged information about the incidents and realized the same person was the suspect in both cases. On Sunday, when he returned and asked for another tour, one of the victims told him to leave and then called the sheriff's office to report the activity.
While police were investigating the case, Tualatin police received a call of a man in Atfalati Park, at 6898 SW Wampanoag Drive in Tualatin, who allegedly attempted to grab the buttocks of a female jogger. Police responded to the park and found Billow. A dispatcher at the Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency (WCCCA) recognized that the two suspect descriptions were similar and informed the deputies.
After deputies compared their investigation with the Tualatin police officers, who had arrested Billow, they decided to arrest Billow and charge him in all of the cases concerning the three victims. Billow was taken to Washington County Jail and booked on three counts of third-degree sex abuse, one count of third-degree attempted sex abuse and three counts of harassment. His bail was set at $15,000 and he was released Tuesday evening.
Then, on Wednesday, at about 9:40 a.m., Tualatin officers contacted and re-arrested Billow at his place of business in Wilsonville. Police declined to name Billows business. Tualatin investigators learned of three additional victims stemming from incidents at apartment complexes in Tualatin and Tigard, dating from this past summer until recently. Investigators think there might be additional victims in Wilsonville, Tigard, Tualatin and surrounding areas.
In addition to previous charges filed Sunday, Billow is now facing three more counts of third-degree sex abuse and three more counts of harassment. He is lodged at the Washington County Jail.
Tualatin investigators asked any potential victims or anyone with any information related to this case to please contact Detective Jill Chapman at 503-691-4842.