Police search for bat-wielding after Lents Neighborhood attack

Details are sketchy – but like they say, “Someone knows something” about this vicious attack on a girl. Take a look and see if you can help …

By David F. Ashton
Officials aren’t saying much about the vicious, pre-dawn attack of a girl in the Lents Neighborhood – and the assault on others at the scene – but police say they’re looking for help solving this case. But, the girl’s dad, David Starliper, had plenty to say when he talked with media today.

Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers were called to an apartment building in the 8900 block of SE Woodstock Blvd. – just west of where it merges with the SE Foster Road split – about 6:24 a.m. on Tuesday January 18.

Starliper showed his battered ear and related how all he could see in the darkness was a silver baseball bat “flying around … and getting hit.”

“Officers arrived and learned that two suspects broke into the residence and that one of the suspects was beating a 15-year-old girl with a baseball bat,” PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson tells us.

“The girl’s father tried to stop the assault but suffered a broken left arm and a seriously injured left ear in the struggle,” says Simpson. “A third person suffered injuries as she struggled to get the bat away from the suspect. The 15-year-old girl suffered non-life-threatening injuries during the attack.”

The suspects fled the apartment on foot, leaving the baseball bat behind.

The suspect that used the bat is described as a heavy set male Hispanic wearing dark clothing, describes Simpson. The second suspect is described as a thinner, taller white male.

“Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and you can remain anonymous,” Simpson says.

Call Crime Stoppers at 503-823-HELP (4357), leave a tip online at their official website: CLICK HERE to open their webpage.

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