PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland and Beaverton police have arrested a man they believe was allegedly threatening to sexually assault two women in elevators in downtown Portland.
The suspect is 38-year-old Jeffrey C. Lane. Lane was taken to the Multnomah County Jail on charges including sex abuse, kidnapping, menacing, harassment and coercion.
Lane may face additional charges, police said.
The first attempted assault occurred on Oct. 18 in a building near Southwest 5th Avenue and Washington Street. The woman told police she got into an elevator and the suspect followed her in. He stood close to her and threatened to sexually assault her, she said. The woman forced him from the elevator and called police.
Police took a similar report from a woman on Oct. 27. She told police she got into an elevator in a building near Southwest Broadway and Morrison Street when a man followed her inside and threatened to hurt her if she did not follow his demands. Police said the suspect let the woman go after another person started watching them.
Police released surveillance video and a photo of the suspect.
After seeing media coverage of Lane, a third woman called police to report that he followed her to work and tried to get into her office building, according to court documents. He left when she threatened to call 911.
For those who wish to learn how to better protect themselves, the Portland Police Bureau offers free self-defense classes through its Strength Programs. For more information, call (503) 823-0260 or visit http://www.portlandonline.com/police/womenstrength.
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