Mill Park girl attacked by morning prowler

Can you help police find the knifeman who is said to have jumped into a bedroom window, and assaulted a teenager? Here’s what we know so far, and how you can help …

Even though these apartments are surrounded by a steel fence, a prowler still found his way into one of the units, police say.

An open window was all the invitation a prowler needed, at about 4:30 am on May 24, to attack a young woman in her bedroom apartment in the Mill Park Neighborhood – in the 10500 block of Southeast Cherry Blossom Drive.

“Officers learned that the suspect entered the victim’s apartment through a window, and attacked the 14-year-old female,” said Portland Police Bureau Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson. “But she was able to fight him off, and he fled the apartment out the window. The suspect was armed with a knife at the time of the attack.”

Officers conducted an extensive neighborhood search using a police K-9 unit, Simpson added, but did not locate the suspect.

Even with a police dog trying to follow his trail, the alleged assailant slipped out of this apartment complex.

Speaking to media, Simpson said all information learned by officers and criminalists on site seemed to be consistent with the information given by the family.

“The victim did not receive any injuries during the attack in the apartment, which was also occupied by her parents,” Simpson revealed. “The victim does not know the suspect. Although the victim was not sexually assaulted, because of the nature of the incident our Sex Crimes Detectives have been assigned the case.”

Detectives later released a description of the suspect in the case, and are asking the public’s help.  The suspect is described as male, white, 40 to 50 years old; weighing 170 to 180 pounds, with short dark hair, combed to the side.
Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call Detective Hiedi Housley at (503) 823-0758.

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