PORTLAND -- A 63-year-old Portland man was arrested Friday on allegations he raped two homeless women.

Officers were called at 6 a.m. Friday to the report of a sexual assault at Southwest Park Avenue and Columbia Street, said Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson. The 22-year-old victim had locked herself in a public bathroom until police arrived.

She was taken to a Portland hospital for treatment.

Officers determined that Ladell Hill was the suspect and arrested him later in the morning near the crime scene.

Investigators then linked him to the sexual assault of a 27-year-old woman three weeks ago in the 100 block of Southwest 6th Avenue, Simpson said.

Hill was jailed on charges of rape and sodomy. He and both victims are homeless, and police were concerned that there could be more victims who had not reported being sexually assaulted.

Anyone with information about Hill, or about either case, was asked to call Detective Heidi Helwig at (503) 823-0581 or send her an email here.

The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind community members that stranger-to-stranger sexual assaults fortunately are a rare occurrence, Simpson added. The Portland Police Bureau works with the Sexual Assault Resource Center of Oregon and we want you to know that you need not be alone as a survivor of a sexual assault. SARC has a 24-hour support line at (503) 640-5311.

Portland police also offer free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops. Click here to learn more.

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