No reason given for falsifying report

A woman who told Beaverton police she was sexually assaulted in the Tualatin Hills Nature Park on Monday admitted to investigators she fabricated the story, and the assault did not occur.

Inconsistences in the report of events made by the reported victim police to doubt the woman's story, said Officer Mike Rowe, Beaverton Police Department spokesman. After further investigation and interviews with the reported victim, she admitted she was not sexually assaulted in the Nature Park and made the story up. The subject was not arrested for making a false police report.

Earlier this week police were asking for the public's help in locating a male assailant who attacked and possibly raped a woman who was walking in the Tualatin Hills Nature Park off Southwest Millikan Way on Monday morning.

Police were called to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center around 2 p.m. on Monday, where an officer interviewed the 41-year-old attack victim.

She told the officer she'd had been attacked in the Nature Park around 10:30 a.m. The victim said she had gotten off of a MAX train and was not sure exactly where she entered the park. She walked in the park for 15 to 20 minutes when she said she was attacked from behind, struck her several times in the face and pulled her off the trail into a wooded area, where the victim said she believed the suspect raped her, Rowe said.

The victim said she never saw the suspect's face but described him as a Hispanic man, clean shaven and approximately 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing 300 pounds.

The Beaverton Police Department and Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation security staff searched the park for evidence of the attack and the suspect, but were unable to locate anything helpful.

The park district cooperated in the investigation and has increased security patrols in the Nature Park.

Beaverton police investigators asked for the public's assistance in gathering any information that might assist in the investigation.

Despite the false report, Rowe said police want to make sure the public takes appropriate actions to stay safe while in remote areas, and offered the following tips:

• Try to avoid walking alone.

• Have your house or car keys in hand to use as a defensive weapon.

• Have your cellphone in a location that you can easily access.

• If you are attacked, scream as loud and as often as you can as you attempt to get away.

Any suspicious activity can be reported to the Beaverton Police Department at 503-629-0111.

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