Sunday night, at 9:48 p.m. North Precinct officers responded to a sexual assault in the Portsmouth Neighborhood. Officers arrived and a 15-year-old female reported that she had been sexually assaulted. Officers searched the area and identified a possible crime scene but did not locate the suspect.

Officer requested that detectives and criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division respond to the scene. Detectives arrived and began their investigation. It is early in the investigation but preliminary results indicate that the suspect may be an unknown age, male, black, wearing a black sweatshirt with a hood. The victim did not know the suspect. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Detective Chamberlin at 503-823-4783

The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind community members that stranger-to-strangers sexual assaults fortunately are a rare occurrence.

The Portland Police Bureau works with the Sexual Assault Resource Center of Oregon (SARC) 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.

Additionally, the Portland Police Bureau WomenStrength and GirlStrength programs provide free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops to people around the Portland area.