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Police: Woman sexually assaulted by stranger in North Portland

Police: Woman sexually assaulted by stranger in North Portland
This photo looks onto the Kaiser Permanente campus where police say a woman was walking her dog when she was sexually assaulted. (Bob Heye/KATU News)
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PORTLAND, Ore. – Police say a 54-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by a stranger in North Portland on Monday night.

The woman was walking her dogs near the Kaiser Permanente offices at North Interstate Avenue and Overlook Boulevard when the suspect approached her, according to police. The suspect spoke to the woman briefly, then pulled her into the bushes and sexually assaulted her, police said.

The victim walked home and called 911 around 10:30 p.m.

She was taken to a Portland hospital and later released.

Officers and a K-9 unit searched for the suspect, but could not find him. He is described as a Hispanic man in his 20s who is 5-foot-5 and heavy-set. He was wearing a black T-shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective Nathan Wollstein at 503-823-0400.

Resources for 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.

Additionally, 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 click here.

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