Teenage rape suspect to be prosecuted as adult

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PORTLAND, Ore. - A teenage rape suspect made his first appearance in juvenile court Tuesday.

Justin Dejohn Hubbard is charged with 13 crimes, including attempted rape of a Northeast Portland woman and attempted rape of a 16-year-old high school student. Police said Hubbard was a stranger to both victims and threatened both women with a weapon.

Hubbard, 17, will be charged as an adult, according to police.

Court documents obtained by the On Your Side Investigators show Hubbard was charged with attempted rape, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of sodomy, two counts of unlawful penetration, five counts of sex abuse and one count of burglary in connection with the two alleged attacks.

Portland police said Hubbard broke into an apartment at the Green Leaf Springs complex at 4500 N.E. 125th Place about 2:40 a.m. Monday morning, armed with a knife, and attempted to rape a 26-year-old woman. The woman's fiance chased Hubbard away.

Police officers and a police dog searched for the 17-year-old and they later arrested him at his home in a neighboring complex, according to police.

Portland detectives from the bureau's sex crimes unit believe Hubbard was also responsible for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old Parkrose High School student on March 10. The girl reported the attack to the school office. She told police that a stranger assaulted her as she walking to school that morning near Northeast 131st Avenue and Prescott Drive.

On Hubbard's Facebook page, the On Your Side Investigators found videos of the teen boasting about being a self-proclaimed rapper, partier and - what appeared to be marijuana - smoker.

On Tuesday, the judge ordered Hubbard to be being held at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center. The judge also ruled that Hubbard could have no contact with the victims.

According to court documents, bail has been set at $2.8 million.

Hubbard's next court appearance is next Tuesday at 2:15 p.m.

Police insist that sexual assaults by strangers are incredibly rare.

"Stranger assault happens, it does, and it rocks our world and it rocks our neighborhood," said Sara Johnson, director of WomenStrength. "We don't want to think that than can happen in our neighborhoods."

WomenStrength is a group that works with the Portland Police Bureau to mentally and physically empower women against sexual assaults. WomenStrength and GirlStrength programs provide free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops to people around the Portland area.

"One thing I can offer people is validating their fears because it is scary. This happens," Johnson said.

Johnson said there are many different techniques to help women but said the program focuses its efforts around six basic escape options, which include running from an attacker, using your voice as a defense and using an unexpected behavior to throw off an attacker.
    
Johnson demonstrated for KATU, yelling "WOOO!" and waving her hands in the air. She explained that doing something silly could throw the attacker off guard.

"Now I'm not saying that would be the best if someone broke into my home and was sitting on top of me," Johnson said. "I am saying if someone was a stranger, maybe."

Another strategy could be waiting.

The last two options that Johnson recommends is using weapons or physically fighting off the attacker. However, she added that she encourages women to use these last two as a last resort since they are riskier.

Johnson insisted these are just options and are best used with what women are most confident and comfortable with to protect themselves.

"Whatever I choose to do in that moment, I have to commit 100 percent to it. So all of the stories of women who've fought off attackers have never taken a self-defense class - once you're in it, you're in it. And that's your intuition kicking in and really telling you what to do keep you safe," Johnson said.

To learn more information about WomenStrength and GirlStrength, call (503) 823-0260 or visit http://www.portlandonline.com/police/womenstrength.