Woman accepts ride from stranger, later found asleep on porch

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A U.S. Postal Service letter carrier found a woman asleep on a Northeast Portland porch after she had gone missing Friday night when she accepted a ride from a stranger.

Angie Swartout, 25, was taken to a Portland hospital to be checked for hypothermia after a strange incident Friday night.

According to police, Swartout and a friend left a downtown Portland bar at about 3:30 a.m. and accepted a ride from an African-American male in a newer silver Prius, or similar vehicle, from Northwest 12th Avenue and Everett Street.

At approximately 4 a.m., in the area of Northeast 14th Avenue and Skidmore Street, the friend got out of the car to check street signs because she was not sure about how to get to Swartout's home. Once the friend was out of the car, the driver left the area with Swartout passed out in the back seat of the car.

Police checked Swartout's residence in the 4300 block of Northeast 10th Avenue, but she was not there. Ultimately, the U.S. Postal Service employee found her on the porch of a home in the 1000 block of Northeast Stafford Street and called police. 

Swartout did not appear to be injured or assaulted during the incident and told police she had no idea who the man was who gave her and her friend a ride.

Portland Police Bureau officials said accepting rides from strangers is something people should avoid and that people should only accept transportation from someone they know or legitimate taxi services.