MILWAUKIE, Ore. – Clackamas County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man who reportedly broke into an apartment and sexually assaulted a 9-year-old girl while she was sleeping in her bed.
The incident occurred the morning of Feb. 26 in an apartment at the Clackamas Trails Apartments, located at 10411 SE Cook St. in Milwaukie.
Could the case be linked to a murder and a sexual assault in Portland?
Portland police spokesman Sgt. Christopher Burley told KGW Friday morning that detectives from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and the Portland Police Bureau "are currently investigating the possibility they may be connected."
The girl woke up during the assault and later gave investigators a description of the suspect. The sheriff’s office released a sketch based on her description.
The suspect is a possibly Hispanic man who was unshaven and wearing a black sweater, deputies said. He also wore a yellow, grey and black beanie.
Many families in the area are very disturbed by the news. Dr. Sandy Ramirez is a retired school psychologist. She's worked with children, families and adults for decades.
She says, it’s best to limit your young child’s exposure to media, but if they hear about this, it can be very traumatizing. She says, as a parent, take control. Validate your child's fears, and reassure them. Maintain a familiar structure, and don't feel the need to go into too much detail.
“They need to be spoken to in generalities, bad things really can happen, and there are bad people, but ‘these are the ways that we keep safe’, and ‘these are the ways you can keep safe.’ It''s always a great time, when something like this happens, for families to talk about their family safety,” she said.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the sheriff’s office tip line at 503-723-4949.
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