Police: Man tried to sexually assault woman in Moda Center parking garage

Police: Man tried to sexually assault woman in Moda Center parking garage »Play Video
Portland police released this sketch of the suspect.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Police are looking for a man who they said grabbed a 27-year-old woman and tried to sexually assault her in a Moda Center parking garage after Monday night's Trail Blazers game.

The victim told police that she was walking through a garage near North Drexler Drive at about 10:20 p.m. when a man grabbed her and tried to pull her toward a fenced area. She fought back, police said, and the suspect let her go. He ran away in an unknown direction.

The woman was not hurt.

"Officers got a description from her, searched the area, didn't locate anybody that stood out to them as being the suspect," said Portland Police Bureau spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson. "There were a number of people in the neighborhood after the game, so it made it difficult to really search. But we met with her again last night to do a forensic sketch."

Police released that sketch of the suspect. He’s described as a white man in his 30s or 40s with long, dark hair. He was wearing a gray shirt, blue jeans and had very bad body odor, according to the victim.

Anyone with information about the suspect or anyone who may have seen him in a garage after Monday’s game is asked to call the police sex crimes unit at 503-823-9781.

Support for sexual assault victims

The Portland Police Bureau works with the Sexual Assault Resource Center of Oregon (SARC), which has a 24-hour support line at (503) 640-5311.

The Portland Police Bureau WomenStrength and GirlStrength programs provide free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops to people around the Portland area. To learn more information about WomenStrength and GirlStrength, call (503) 823-0260 or visit the website.