Police warn suspicious man approaching women in Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland police say a suspicious man has been approaching women in the Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood and in one case inappropriately touched one of them.

The man is claiming to be a security guard in the area near OMSI and the new Tillikum Crossing bridge that crosses the Willamette River, police say.

At about 3:00 p.m. Saturday, July 12, police say the suspect approached a female volunteer at OMSI on Southwest Water Avenue, made suggestive comments to her and hugged and kissed her while she was trying to get away from him.

On Monday, July 14, police say a report came in that the suspect tried to get a woman to pull down a side street near Southeast Clinton and Milwaukie Avenue.

Police say the man is African American, between 30 and 40 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall, has a medium build, close-cut or shaved head and a goatee. He was wearing a light yellow or green safety vest.

Police say his vehicle is a dark blue or black minivan with “SECURITY” taped to the side door.

Construction workers at Tillikum bridge told police this Wednesday that they’ve seen the suspect’s van.

Anyone seeing this vehicle or with information about the suspect is asked to call the police non-emergency line at (503) 823-3333. Anyone personally encountering the suspect should immediately call 9-1-1.

Correction: Portland police originally said the first victim was a security guard at OMSI when it fact was an OMSI volunteer.