Mt. Tabor jogger attack similar to other cases

Mt. Tabor jogger attack similar to other cases

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Posted on May 29, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 1 at 5:09 PM

PORTLAND -- A jogger was attacked by an unidentified man in Mt. Tabor Park Sunday afternoon, police said, and the suspect remains on the loose.

The woman was jogging along Reservoir 1 just before 4 p.m. when a man pulled her shorts down and grabbed her from behind, then ran away, according to Portland Police Lt. Robert King.

The victim said she had noticed that the man was following her before the attack. He was described as a Hispanic male in his late 20s, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, white hat, red shoes and blue jeans.

"A lot of people go to parks to get away from everybody and, yeah, you hear there's some guy running around doing all this perverted stuff, it's just not cool," said another park visitor, Wilson Gernert.

Police told KGW they were looking into the possibility that the Mt. Tabor attacker could be linked to two previous attacks - one in Salem last March and another in Sherwood in early May.  The same suspect was arrested for both of those cases.

Suspect Mario Arredondo-Sosa is currently out of jail on bail.

Background: Salem man arrested in 2 recent jogger attacks

Arredondo-Sosa does not have a criminal history. When questioned at his home after his release from jail, he told KGW he did not want to talk.

Mt. Tabor a popular attraction for hikers, joggers & cyclists

Mt. Tabor is a popular hub for jogging, hiking, and dog-walking.

Mary Jo Anderson and her dog visit all the time. "I haven't had any problems coming up here," she said. "I come up here several times a week with my dog and we have a great time. It feels really safe."

She does recommend the buddy system, though. "Since I'm here with my dog, I rely on having her around to sort of be my buddy. She's growling now at somebody so even though she's small she's pretty fierce."

Park visitor Rich Brown said everyone should take this assault to heart. "It's more than just an individual being violated, it's a security violation for anyone who wants to come here," he said.

If caught, Brown would like the suspect to go to jail. "I'd be willing to lock him up," he said.

Anyone with information about the incident or the suspect was encouraged to call Portland Police.

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