Sex assault reported in N. Portland

PORTLAND -- A woman reported a sex assault by a stranger as she walked her dog Monday evening in North Portland's Overlook neighborhood.

The woman in her 50s was near the Kaiser Permanente offices at Overlook Street and Interstate Avenue when a man approached her, spoke briefly and pulled her into bushes, police said.

The victim was able to walk home and call 911. She was treated at a hospital and released.

Officers and a K-9 dog searched the area but could not find the suspect. He was described as a Hispanic male in his 20s, 5 foot 5 and heavy set. He was wearing a black t-shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Detective Nathan Wollstein at (503) 823-0400 or

Police said stranger-to-stranger sexual assaults are rare and provided the following tips for women and girls.

The Sexual Assault Resource Center of Oregon (SARC) provides support services. SARC has a 24-hour support line at (503) 640-5311.

The Portland Police Bureau WomenStrength and GirlStrength programs provide free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops to people around the Portland area. Call (503) 823-0260


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