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Police: Woman pulled in bushes, sexually assaulted in N. Portland

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A woman walking her dogs in north Portland was pulled into the bushes and sexually assaulted by a stranger, according to Portland police.

Police responded to North Interstate Avenue and Overlook Street near Overlook Park at 10:30 p.m. Monday.

A 54-year-old woman said a man approached her, talked to her briefly and then pulled her into the bushes.

The woman was able to walk home after the assault and call 911. She was treated and released at a Portland hospital.

Several officers, including a K-9 unit, searched the area but did not locate a suspect.

He is described as a Hispanic man in his 20s, 5'5" tall and heavy set. He was wearing a black T-shirt and blue jeans.

People in the area expressed concern for the victim.

"Hopefully, she'll recover quickly and gain her confidence back," said Cherise Frehner, who lives in the neighborhood.

"I hope that her support network is there and she will be OK," said Albert McClure, who expressed sadness and anger about the incident. "My heart is broken and my blood is boiling."

"The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind community members that stranger-to-stranger sexual assaults fortunately are a rare occurrence," according to a police news release.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Nathan Wollstein at 503-823-0400 or nathan.wollstein@portlandoregon.gov.

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