PORTLAND, Ore. – A 16-year-old Parkrose High School student told police Monday that she was sexually assaulted by a stranger while she was walking to school.
The girl told police the man sexually assaulted her near Northeast 131st Place and Prescott Drive on Monday morning.
The girl made it to school, half a mile from where she told police the attack happened, after the assault occurred. Police were called to the school in the early afternoon.
Police said detectives from the Sex Crimes Unit are investigating.
The suspect is described as an African American man who is 6-foot-1, weighing 220 pounds with a medium-length Afro with “twists.” He was wearing a jacket with black sleeves.
Based on his voice, the girl says she believes the man is between 18 and 25 years old.
An officer on Tuesday told KATU News he was "keeping an eye out" near the school after Monday's report.
Nataly Cornoa lives near where the girl told police the attack happened. She said she is "disturbed" about it.
“I’m surprised. I’ve never really had anything like that happen around where I live. ... It’s kind of sad that we can lose our trust in people," said Corona.
Portland Police Bureau spokesman Pete Simpson said the public should be aware of what happened and take measures to protect their own safety until a suspect is located and arrested.
“Cases like this are very rare. The stranger-to-stranger sexual assaults just don’t occur that often and when they do they certainly send a high level of fear in the community," Simpson said.
Anyone with information about this incident or suspect is asked to contact Detective Jason Christensen at (503) 823-0894 or firstname.lastname@example.org.