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Portland man arrested for 2018 rape; police say there may be more victims

Police said that the suspect, Gabriel Forest Weiss, worked as an artist under different names, including Kawiri Cascabel and Gabe Kawiri.

PORTLAND, Ore. — A Portland man was arrested Friday morning in Southeast Portland for the 2018 rape of a 19-year-old woman, and evidence indicates there may be more victims who have yet to come forward, the Portland Police Bureau reported.

The suspect, 49-year-old Gabriel Forest Weiss, faces charges of first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy. He was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on Friday.

According to police, in August 2018, Weiss allegedly lured the victim into his home "under the pretense of a modeling job." Once she was inside, he bound and assaulted her, police said.

Investigators said information from the investigation into the 2018 rape indicates that Weiss has sexually assaulted other victims. PPB and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office are asking anyone with information about Weiss to come forward.

Police said "victims may have had contact with Weiss in other settings." According to PPB, Weiss worked as an artist under different names, including Kawiri Cascabel and Gabe Kawiri.

Weiss previously worked at the Bamboo Grove Salon in Southeast Portland, practiced acupuncture at Clinic Eleven in the Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood, and was a student and a classroom aide during his time at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland.

NUNM told KGW that it is devastated to learn of the heinous acts from one of its graduates, and extends its support to all those affected. 

"We express our deepest concern for all those affected, and stand firmly with the victim(s)," said Rebekah Phillips, associate vice president of marketing and enrollment at NUNM.

Anyone with information about Weiss should contact PPB Detective Nathan Wollstein at 503-545-3482 or nathan.wollstein@police.portlandoregon.gov.

If you or anyone you know are experiencing or have experienced sexual assault and need support, help is available.

The following is a list of resources including critical support services and information about how to report a sex crime: 

Multnomah Co. DV/SA Resources 

Multnomah Co. Call to Safety Crisis Line: 503.235.5333 / 1.888.235.5333 (toll free)

Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN): 800.656.HOPE (4673) / rainn.org

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800.799.SAFE (7233)

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