Lents student charged with Argay sexual assaults

Find out why this 17-year-old teen will be tried as an adult when he is called to answer for alleged sex crimes on two different dates …

At this well-kept, highly rated apartment complex, a young man broke into a unit, and tried to sexually assault a tenant, police say.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
A former Parkrose High School student, currently attending Lents-based Portland YouthBuilders according to his postings on social media, was arrested in the mid-County Argay neighborhood after he allegedly broke into an apartment unit in the early morning darkness.

“On June 2 2:42 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the Greenleaf Springs Apartments at 4500 Northeast 125th Place, on the report of a burglary and attempted sexual assault,” reported Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson.

“Officers arrived in the area and contacted the female adult victim and her fiancé, who told police the suspect broke into the apartment and tried to sexually assault the victim,” Simpson continued. “Her fiancé chased the suspect out of the apartment and he ran away, into the neighborhood.”

PPB Sex Crimes Unit detectives later released specific information, saying that the alleged assailant was armed with a knife, and attempted to sexually assault the 26-year-old female victim in her bedroom before being scared off.

Later on the day of the crime, no obvious evidence remains of the assault and its investigation, at the Green Leaf Springs apartments.

Officers flooded the area, including a PPB police dog who led its handler to a different, adjoining apartment complex – and directly to the door of a unit where 17-year-old Justin Dejohn Hubbard was staying.

“Hubbard was taken into custody without incident,” Simpson said.

Suspect linked to March 10 sexual assault
Although the police hasn’t said how or why, PPB Sex Crimes Unit detectives have linked Hubbard to the March 10 sexual assault reported by a Parkrose High School student.

“Officers contacted the victim, a 16-year-old female, who told police that she was sexually assaulted by a stranger as she walked to school in the morning, near NE 131st Avenue and Prescott Drive,” Simpson revealed.

“Sex Crimes Unit detectives responded and conducted an investigation but were unable to identify a suspect based on the available information and evidence at that time.

Police allege that this man, 17-year-old Justin Dejohn Hubbard, is also responsible for a reported rape in March. MCDC booking photo

For a 5 ft 10 in., 190 pound young man who projected an image of worldly bravado through his social media site pages, Hubbard stood nearly still, and just looked down at a page containing the charges being leveled by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, when he appeared in court on June 3.

That list was lengthy, according to Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) records. After his arraignment, he will answer to charges of:

  • Burglary in the First Degree,
  • Sex Abuse in the First Degree,
  • Attempted Rape in the First Degree,
  • Kidnapping in the First Degree,
  • Rape in the First Degree,
  • Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree, and
  • Sodomy in the First Degree (two counts).

 

Because many of the charges leveled at Hubbard are “Measure 11” crimes, prosecutors made it clear that they intend to try him as an adult.

The suspect is currently here, at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Hall.

Currently, Hubbard is lodged at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Hall in lieu of $1,640,000 bail.

“The Portland Police Bureau works with the Sexual Assault Resource Center of Oregon,” Simpson concluded. “You need not be alone, as the survivor of a sexual assault; the 24-hour support line is available at (503) 640-5311.”

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