PORTLAND -- Police have offered a reward and released video in connection with an attack on a woman in North Portland last month.
The 52-year-old woman was attacked just after midnight on March 26 as she walked along North Larabee Street, near Interstate Avenue, said Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson. The man asked for food and then pulled the woman to the ground. He punched and threatened her, but she managed to fight him off.
“When I rummaged in my bag for the nuts, he knocked me down and told me he was going to rape me and did three punches to the face really fast,” she said.
The attacker was caught on surveillance video running away from the scene (watch below) and police hoped releasing the footage would help lead them to the suspect, Simpson said.
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The attacker was described as about 5-foot-5, in his 30s and approximately 170 to 180 pounds. He was balding or had shaved his head in the back, with a unique thin strap of hair behind his ears pulled into a braid, Simpson said.
The victim spoke out about the attack Thursday, to try and warn others. But she did not want her identity revealed.
She said she believes self defense classes saved her life and recommends that others get trained, too.
“As soon as I could gain composure, I started kicking and I aimed for his groin area,” she said. “He backed up and that was when I was able to get up. I just started screaming, I just started telling him – ‘No, he’s not gonna rape me! He’s not gonna rape me!’”
Police said they recommend self defense classes through a program called Women Strength, which teaches these principles:
- Maintain a degree of healthy distrust
- Protect your personal space
- Trust your intuition and act on it
- Get angry if someone tries to harm you
Crime Stoppers has offered a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the case. Anyone with information was asked to leave a tip here or call 503-823-HELP (4357).