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Police: Woman walking by Grant Park attacked, sexually assaulted

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A 22-year-old woman walking near Grant High School was attacked, dragged into a park and sexually assaulted.

Portland police said it happened at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The woman told police she was walking on Northeast 36th Avenue when a man pulled up in an SUV and stopped.

The victim told police the man got out, grabbed her, slammed her face into the side of his vehicle and then took her to the north end of Grant Park and sexually assaulted her.

"I come to this park every day, and you think it's safe.  It's really disturbing that an act of violence like that is going on in your backyard," said Portland resident Tim Dickinson.

 "That's just really unsettling. I mean I've always thought of this neighborhood as really safe, and now it's like that just puts everything into perspective," said Portland resident Eva Fulayter. 

The victim said the suspect ran away. She then went back to her house and called 911.

The woman was treated at a Portland hospital.

The suspect is described as a light or tan-skinned man in his 20s. He is 5 feet 7 inches tall with dark eyebrows and a thin scar from his upper lip to his cheek. The man was unshaven and wearing baggy blue jeans and a baseball cap.

He was driving a white or light-colored Chevy Tahoe or Blazer SUV.

Portland police said stranger-to-stranger sexual assaults like this are very rare.

People who live by the park say they wish police had alerted them to the danger right away. 

"We never heard about this incident. And the part that is most distressing, is that this happened Tuesday, and today's Friday.  So we've now gone for over three days not knowing something horrible and dangerous has happened in the neighborhood," said Portland resident Debra Nudelman. 

"So many people walk through this neighborhood on a regular basis and thinking it could happen to anybody is really worrisome," said Nudelman.   

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective Katie Manus at 503-823-3774 or katie.manus@portlandoregon.gov.

The Portland Police Bureau said there are resources for victims. The Sexual Assault Resource Center of Oregon has a 24-hour support line at 503-640-5311.

WomenStrength and GirStrength programs provide free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops to people around the Portland area. For more information, go to 503-823-0260 or www.portlandonline.com/police/womenstrength.

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